Hurricanes, D Pesce agree to 6-year contract extension

Aug 1, 2017 - 9:01 PM RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and defenseman Brett Pesce have agreed to a six-year contract extension. Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday and taking effect in 2018-19, Pesce will make $4.025 million per season. The 22-year-old Pesce had 18 assists and 20 points last year in his second full professional season. Both Pesce and his defensive partner — Jaccob Slavin — received lengthy extensions from the Hurricanes. Slavin agreed to a seven-year deal last month that will pay him $5.3 million, also starting in 2018-19. General manager Ron Francis says Pesce "plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively." Pesce will make $892,000 this season, the last of his entry-level contract. ___ For more AP NHL coverage:

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