Brent Burns ‘excited’ by trade to Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes have taken advantage of the San Jose Sharks’ rebuild to acquire veteran defenceman Brent Burns.

Lane Pederson is also making the move to Carolina as part of the trade, with forward Steven Lorentz, goaltender Eetu Makiniemi and a 2023 third round pick heading for San Jose.

As part of the deal, the Sharks will retain 33% of Burns $8million salary cap hit for the next three seasons.

Burns had a modified no-trade clause in his deal in San Jose, and Carolina were not one of the three teams on that trade list. However, he has agreed to make the move.

“Since it’s been announced, eight or nine of our current players have already texted me saying, ‘Wow, they can’t believe we got this guy,'” Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “That’s always a positive sign.”

“You always look [at] age, but everybody ages differently. This is a big man that has played a lot of minutes and been very durable through his career. So we think he’s got at least three more real good years in him as he reaches the age of 40.”

Brent Burns has 777 points in 1,251 career NHL games and was the Norris Trophy winner – the award given to the NHL’s top defenceman, in 2017.

“I’m coming to a time where winning and having a chance to win it all is really all that matters right now,” Burns said. “I’ve chased the boys in red and black around the ice there for a while. It’s a great, great team that is competing for a championship every year.

“I’m excited about coming to a new place where some of my [training] habits I do are probably not the best anymore. “I want to see a new group of people, what they do, what another team does. I’m excited about all that and just fitting in and helping.”

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