San Jose Sharks Trade Brent Burns to Carolina Hurricanes

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Defenceman Brent Burns and forward Lane Pederson have been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Steven Lorentz, Eetu Makiniemi, and a 2023 3rd-round pick. San Jose will also retain 33% of Burns’ $8M AAV contract.

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Brent Burns Trade to Carolina Happens After Rumours

The Sharks finally complete the Brent Burns trade to Carolina. Burns provides the Hurricanes with a powerful skating veteran and former Norris winner. This season, he scored 10 goals and 44 assists for 54 points, adding 42 minutes in penalties.

His possession numbers are 46 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -0.3. Those totals are on par when compared to last season, where he scored seven goals and added 22 assists in just 56 games. Over his 18-year NHL career, Burns has played for the Wild and Sharks. In that time, he has 227 goals and 550 assists for 777 career points in 1251 career games. He was originally drafted in the first round, 20th overall of the 2003 NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild.

What This Means for the Future

For the Hurricanes, they needed to replace the gap left by Tony DeAngelo being traded to the Flyers. Burns has the body type and style of play that he may not necessarily be a short-term fix if he can continue to perform at a high level. He will contribute beneficially to a team making the push as real Stanley Cup contenders in the next year or two.

This does help in the Sharks rebuild strategy, even if only a little bit. The goalie Eetu Makiniemi had very good numbers in limited action last year for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. He went 11-2-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922. Also, Lorentz has a big body at 6’4″, and played 67 games for the Canes last year. He should be able to solidify a role as a depth piece in the Shark lineup. Furthermore, it does move a good portion of Burns’ cap hit.

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