ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues have acquired All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson and a prospect.
The Blues also announced Tuesday that Faulk signed a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
“We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He is a top-four defenseman who averages over 23 minutes a game and we are confident he will be a strong addition to our club.”
The 27-year-old Faulk had 85 goals and 258 points – club records in both stat categories among defensemen – but was entering the final year of his six-year, $29 million contract.
He had been the subject of trade speculation throughout the offseason, and it intensified after the Hurricanes signed veteran defenseman Brett Gardiner to a four-year deal earlier this month.
Carolina also picked up 19-year-old forward Dominik Bokk in the deal and the teams swapped late-round draft picks.
“Joel is a big, physical presence on defense, who knows what it takes to win a championship,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “Dominik was a first-round pick who has a real chance to be an impact player on the NHL level.
“We’d like to thank Justin for both his on-ice and off-ice contributions during his time with the Hurricanes. He was a great teammate and made a significant impact on the community, and we wish him all the best moving forward.”