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.
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.
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."
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.