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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes waits at the point on the powerplay during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

After spending all of his first 8-years in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Justin Faulk has found himself on the way to St.Louis, Missouri.

A recent trade between the two teams has sent Carolina’s best defenseman to reigning Stanley Cup Champions.

The trade sent over a 5th-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft along with Faulk.

In return, the Hurricanes will receive defenseman Joel Edmundson, forward Dominik Bokk and a 7th-round pick in the 2021 draft.

Not long after being sent to St.Louis, Justin Faulk and the Blues have agreed to a deal for 7-years and $45.5 million.

During his time with the Carolina Hurricanes, Faulk played in 559 regular-season games. He also tallied 85 goals and 173 assists for 258 total points.

Although the last season was the first time the veteran defenseman had ever seen the playoffs, he played well in big minutes for the team.

Moving forward, the Blues will benefit for this trade. Faulk is only 27 years old and this deal will lead him to his 34-year-old season.

A quick, puck-moving defenseman and a power-play quarterback, Justin Faulk will certainly help this team coming into the 2020-2021 season.

The Return

The Hurricanes get defenseman Joel Edmundson back in the trade. Edmundson is a year younger than Faulk but has spent less than half the time in the league.

Edmundson has more playoff appearances than Faulk and recently won the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019 with the Blues.

In 269 regular-season games, Edmundson has 52 career points including 13 goals and 39 assists.

Edmundson is not the quick puck-moving defenseman that they traded away but he covers more of the defensive aspects of the game.

Carolina also received the 25th overall pick in the 2018 draft.

The Blues agreed to send 19-year old German Dominik Bokk.

Bokk is only 19-years old and has yet to see time in the NHL.

He is a complete player that can play on both sides of his center and is signed through the 2021-22 season. Currently, in the SHL, Bokk has been featured on the German Junior World Cup roster and there U20 national team.

Winners and Losers?

Though it is way too early to judge the winners and losers of a trade like this, it is certainly worth analyzing.

Not only does this trade make the Hurricanes a little bit younger, but it also allows them to give chances to Charlotte Checkers and Calder Cup winners Jake Bean and Hayden Fleury.

Carolina will also open up a little bit more cap space as Edmundson makes less than Faulk does.

Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong is already a Stanley Cup Champion and is seemingly looking to head back with a trade like this.

How do you think the Hurricanes will do in the upcoming season?

Do you as a fan think this trade makes the Hurricanes better?

@Shermanconor