Justin Faulk is an emerging star in the NHL. He has silently turned into the Carolina Hurricanes best defenseman and he looks to be doing even bigger things sooner rather than later.
This is a follow up to today’s earlier story that can be found here. Wes Herrmann talked about how the Hurricanes need to resign their pending free agents soon. He is absolutely right.
Justin Faulk is the most important pending free agent. Though he is a restricted free agent along with Jiri Tlusty, it is still important they get him signed in order to avoid another team offering him an offer sheet for big money.
Justin Faulk may already be the best defenseman in Hurricanes history. I respect all the things the great Glen Wesley did for the franchise, but we didn’t see him grow as a player like we have with Faulk. Wesley was kind of on the back end of his career when he was acquired.
Now a very important question is, How much will we need to pay Faulk. I think a three year bridge contract for somewhere in the ball park of three to three and one half million dollars would be a good deal. It would be a steal for Jim Rutherford to sign him for under three million.
The Bridge contract would take him into his mid-twenties where he should be a full blown star. Then he would get his big boy contract.
Faulk has rare talent on both offense and defense. He plays top powerplay, penalty kill, and even strength minutes, and this guy is twenty one years old. This is so rare, so Jim Rutherford needs to start talking to him quickly, to be sure this budding star doesn’t slip through his hands.