By the time the calendar flips to August, the National Hockey League offseason has slowed quite a bit.
But behind the scenes, the Carolina Hurricanes were diligently working to ink another one of their young, talented defensemen to a long-term contract extension, a process that had been ongoing for about a month.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Canes had agreed to terms with Brett Pesce on a six-year extension that pays the blue-liner $4.025 million per season.
"I know how much faith the organization has put in me with this deal," Pesce said on a Wednesday conference call. "I know that now is the time to get even better and work even harder to elevate my game."