Canes trade Justin Faulk to St. Louis for prospect RW Dominik Bokk and D Joel Edmundson

Canes trade Justin Faulk to St. Louis for prospect RW Dominik Bokk and D Joel Edmundson

On Tuesday night, Justin Faulk was a non-attendee for a season ticket holder event. On Wednesday morning, he was mysteriously not on the ice for practice though he had not been noted as injured. And then a couple hours later it was announced that Justin Faulk and a fifth-round pick had been traded to the St. Louis blues for forward prospect and 2018 first-rounder Dominik Bokk, physical defenseman Joel Edmundson and a seventh-round draft pick. The trade closes the book on the longest-tenured player on the Hurricanes roster, and I think finally completes the intended restart that the team tried to effect last summer. What follows is a look at this deal on multiple levels   The final piece of work for effecting a restart After Tom Dundon’s acquisition of the team early in 2018, the changeover was rapid and at times tumultuous. Before the 2018 NHL Playoffs were completed, the team had relieved General Manager Ron Francis and Head Coach Bill Peters of their duties. They were replaced from within by Don Waddell and Rod Brind’Amour respectively. On June 8, 2018 before the 2018 NHL Draft, I wrote an article that used the term ‘harsh realities’ in discussing a number of key players. I stopped short of calling this a potential trade checklist for shaking up the culture for a restart, but that is what this article was. By the end of the summer 4 of 6 players discussed (Ward, Skinner, Hanifin, Lindholm) had been traded. Faulk would have been the fifth with only Jordan Staal remaining. The changeover on the roster were even more significant. Added over...
Thoughts on Justin Faulk trade rumblings on Monday

Thoughts on Justin Faulk trade rumblings on Monday

In the wee hours of the morning late Sunday night dripping into Monday morning the elves at Canes and Coffee posted a mini-novel on the Hurricanes blue line situation and suggested that at some point adjustments would need to be made to clear the backlog both short-term and long-term. You can find that article entitled, “Deeper dive into Hurricanes blue line situation both short-term and long-term” HERE if you missed it. That article became especially timely when about 10 hours later news broke that talks were ongoing for a possible Justin Faulk trade to the Anaheim Ducks. Something to keep an eye on: there have been ongoing conversations between CAR and ANA about a Justin Faulk trade, but there are still details to be worked out (1/2)… — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 9, 2019 Elliotte Friedman followed up by noting that Faulk’s no-trade clause could be an obstacle. Faulk has a partial NTC — which lists the Ducks — and it is believed ANA wishes to pursue an extension. No one will comment on the likelihood of it occurring, but it has been intensely discussed — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 9, 2019 Maybe a bit late to the party, Luke DeCock chimed in for the local media suggesting a possible return in the trade. Believe the Hurricanes have a deal in place with Anaheim for Faulk. Anaheim is not listed among his 15 preapproved teams, so it’s in Faulk’s hands now. Hurricanes have had a longstanding interest in Ondrej Kase, would be surprised if he isn’t involved. — Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) September 9, 2019 Carolina Hurricanes blue line situation...
Does Erik Karlsson trade pave the way for a Justin Faulk deal?

Does Erik Karlsson trade pave the way for a Justin Faulk deal?

Thursday was a huge news day from a Carolina Hurricanes perspective. Just before the first of two practices kicked off at 2:45pm, the team announced that it had named Justin Williams its captain. I offered my initial thoughts on that announcement HERE. Shortly before that the team announced that Victor Rask had undergone surgery on his fourth and fifth fingers from an injury sustained in a kitchen accident earlier in the summer and would be out indefinitely. And somewhere amidst that fray, news broke that the Ottawa Senators had traded Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks for what could best be termed a sizable collection of random pieces. Though not directly related to the Carolina Hurricanes, this last announcement is the topic of today’s Daily Cup of Joe.   How the Erik Karlsson deal could impact the Hurricanes Erik Karlsson was by far and away the best player left who seemingly had to be moved, and he would have stood atop the list of available defensemen even before the list had been mostly cleared. In terms of basic skill set, Karlsson is an offensively gifted right shot defenseman who brings a ton in terms of generating offense and scoring. He is adequate or maybe better but not elite defensively to top 4-capable and well worth it given the offense he brings. To be clear, Justin Faulk is not the same caliber of player as Erik Karlsson, but for a team looking for a right shot, experienced top 4 defenseman who can play on a first power play unit and contribute offensively Faulk checks all the same boxes even...
What’s next after the Jeff Skinner trade? …The last domino

What’s next after the Jeff Skinner trade? …The last domino

The big news last week was the trade of Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres for a prospect and four draft picks. I covered the on-ice and locker room angles on that trade HERE. Just like with the trade with Calgary, the trade prompts the question, “What’s next?”   A plan in process On July 3 before the signing of Calvin de Haan, I suggested that a series of three moves that I believed would remake the Carolina Hurricanes roster heading into the 2018-19 season. You can read the article for a deeper dive on the rationale, but the upshot was two somewhat similar scenarios including this one: Justin Faulk is traded for a scoring forward => Calvin deHaan is signed as a free agent => Jeff Skinner is traded primarily for high-end futures possibly with a depth forward or defenseman included By adding de Haan via free agency instead of trade, this version of dealing sees the Hurricanes replace Faulk, replace Skinner and still net a nice pile of futures to boot. The order is off, but two of the three deals have happened with Calvin de Haan being signed as a free agent and Jeff Skinner being traded for futures.   The last piece – Justin Faulk During the rounds of interviews following the Jeff Skinner trade, General Manager Don Waddell said that he was happy with the team and ready to enter the season with Justin Faulk in tow. And I have a bridge to sell you… Because Justin Faulk is under contract for two years, there is no John Tavares game of chicken pressure as...
Justin Faulk: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Justin Faulk: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

For anyone catching up, a menu of previous player (and also coaching and GM) report cards can be found at the bottom of the article. Justin Faulk’s starting point for the 2016-17 season During a 2015-16 season that saw the transformation of the Hurricanes’ blue to youth accelerate rapidly with the drafting of Noah Hanifin and then the early rise of Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, Justin Faulk was suddenly the young leader of an even younger group. His individual season was somewhat separate from the transformation. He had a limited run with Jaccob Slavin and logged a few shifts here and there with Noah Hanifin, but for the most part Faulk was in a familiar role as a first pairing defenseman and with a familiar partner in Ron Hainsey. Faulk’s 2015-16 season was one of multiple story lines. Out of the gate he launched into a torrid power play goal scoring run, scoring 12 power play goals (all of his goals to that point) in his first 30 games. His even strength play was mixed. He and partner Ron Hainsey were just ‘meh’ defensively. The second half of the season was even more of a mixed bag. Faulk’s scoring finally slowed in February and then an injury, attempted return and trip back to the injured list made for a disjointed second half of the season. Faulk entered the offseason having added ‘big power play goal scorer’ to his list of achievements as he looked toward the 2016-17 season aiming to put it all together and be the #1 defenseman for a young and improving blue line. He also...