By Carter Brooks
Photo by Will Borys
The Carolina Hurricanes have shipped defenceman Justin Faulk to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for some younger reinforcements.
Tuesday's deal saw Faulk and a 2020 fifth round draft pick move to St. Louis, while defenceman Joel Edmundson, prospect Dominik Bokk and a 2021 seventh round selection went to Carolina. Immediately following the trade, the Blues announced a massive seven-year, $45.5 million Faulk extension, which will run through the 2026-27 season.
After having been rumoured to be on the move in early September, Faulk - who has served as a team captain with the Hurricanes - was finally shipped to a contending St. Louis team looking to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions following an uber-successful second half and playoff run last season.
Going the other way is Brandon product Joel Edmundson. The former AAA Midget Wheat King played three seasons of WHL hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors and Kamloops Blazers, before fine-tuning his trade in the American League with the Chicago Wolves, en route to earning a permanent place on the Blues' back-end.
With St. Louis, Edmundson, 26, has put up 13 goals, 52 points and 248 penalty minutes in four seasons of work. In 49 postseason contests, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound blueliner has five goals, 14 points and 32 penalty minutes. Joining Edmundson and his Stanley Cup ring in Carolina is 19-year-old forward Dominik Bokk. In 47 games with the Swedish Hockey League's Vaxjo Lakers, he had eight goals and 23 points.