NHL Trade Rumors: Brent Burns Dealt to Hurricanes; Sharks Get Steven Lorentz, More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 13, 2022

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 29: Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks looks on during the second period against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on April 29, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers have reportedly acquired defenseman Brent Burns and forward Lane Pederson from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for center Steven Lorentz, goalie prospect Eetu Makiniemi and a 2023 conditional third-round selection, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Per that report, the Sharks will absorb 33 percent of Burns' contract in the deal. Burns has three years and $16.5 million remaining on his deal.

Burns, 37, will give the Canes a much-needed blue-liner down the right after trading Tony DeAngelo to the Philadelphia Flyers this offseason for draft capital. The Flyers promptly signed DeAngelo to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Charlie O'Connor @charlieo_conn

The fact that Carolina was willing to take on three more seasons of 37-year old Brent Burns at $5.28 mil per year but weren't willing to give Tony DeAngelo the $5 million per that he wanted says something...

Kevin Kurz @KKurzNHL

In my mind, Burns is an upgrade over DeAngelo, as long as his body holds up. And I think it does in the short term at least, considering how many minutes he's skated in recent seasons. I think 'Canes got better here. <a href="https://t.co/FAqYqseadE">https://t.co/FAqYqseadE</a>

There's little doubt that Burns will move the puck and generate scoring chances for the Hurricanes from his defensive position. He notched 10 goals and 44 games for the Sharks this past season, playing in all 82 games, while adding 203 shots.

JFresh @JFreshHockey

Here are Burns' microstats from the 2021-22 season: <a href="https://t.co/QJ9ec3Twyt">pic.twitter.com/QJ9ec3Twyt</a>

Pederson, 24, has a goal and two assists in 44 career games the past two seasons for the Arizona Coyotes and Sharks.

Lorentz, 26, has notched 10 goals and 11 assists in 112 career games over the past two years. Makiniemi, 23, has yet to make his NHL debut. Per The Athletic's Sean Gentille, he's considered a "marginal goalie prospect."

JD Young (Content Boi) @MyFryHole

The cap space is the biggest return for Brent Burns. Getting a 3rd and a goalie prospect is nice, but having some flexibility is the key here.

For the Sharks, dealing Burns will free up some cap space, alongside adding additional draft capital and a prospect in Makiniemi. But this primarily felt like a salary dump for San Jose.