Blues trade Joel Edmundson to Carolina for Justin Faulk, sign him to seven-year extension

The Blues acquired three-time All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson.

The team announced the trade, at the same time reporting that Faulk, 27, had signed a seven-year contract extension with the Blues worth $45.5 million.

Faulk has spent all of his seven-year career with the Hurricanes and was named to the All-Star team in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has scored 85 goals and added 173 assists in 559 career regular-season games.

Since entering the NHL in 2011-12, Faulk ranks 26th among all defensemen in points and 22nd in power play points (102).  In 2018-19, he collected 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) in 82 regular-season games and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 15 postseason appearances.

Edmundson had been with the Blues the last four seasons.

“I would like to thank Joel his four seasons with the Blues,” said general manager Doug Armstrong.  “He was an important part of what we accomplished here, and we wish him nothing but the best.

“We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years.  He is a top-four defenseman who averages over twenty-three minutes a game and we are confident he will be a strong addition to our club.”

The Blues also sent forward Dominic Bokk to Carolina in the deal. The two teams also swapped draft picks, with the Blues sending a seventh-round pick in the 2021 draft to the Hurricanes and obtained their fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft.


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