Brett Pesce wearing a Carolina Hurricanes jersey, skating on the ice.
Will Brett Pesce leave Carolina? NHL rumors link the defenseman to Toronto as free agency looms.

Fans have long adored Brett Pesce for his steady defensive presence on the Carolina Hurricanes’ blue line. However, the 29-year-old’s future with the team looks increasingly uncertain as his contract nears expiry this offseason.

Pesce’s rock-solid consistency comes at a price. His current AAV of $4.025 million may seem reasonable, but NHL trade rumors suggest that a new contract could land him upwards of $6 million per season. This significant jump puts the Hurricanes in a tough spot, especially with other key players awaiting new deals.

Could the Toronto Maple Leafs Swoop In?

According to Leafs insider Luke Fox of Sportsnet, the Toronto Maple Leafs are potential suitors for Pesce’s services should he reach free agency. The Leafs are hungry to bolster their defensive corps, and Pesce’s right-handed shot and defensive ability would be a fantastic fit on their roster.

With the Maple Leafs’ perennial need to address their blueline, and Pesce’s potential availability this summer, this rumor has plenty of legs and bears close monitoring as the offseason approaches.

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