The soonest that the Carolina Hurricanes could dish out Justin Faulk is during the off-season. If they decide to make such a move, where would he go?
Possibly the player for the Carolina Hurricanes that generated the most talk around trade rumors is co-captain defenseman Justin Faulk. Although Faulk had somewhat of a resurgence of late in terms of points scored, but that does not outweigh the defensive liability he poses at times.
Another loss for the Canes, coming by a four goal margin on March 20 to the Edmonton Oilers, signaled Faulk’s continued struggles on the defensive end. He finished out the night as a -4, but did pick up one assist. Without first-time All-Star selection Noah Hanifin in the lineup for the Canes at this moment, Faulk’s presence does help out the offensive contributions from the blue line.
Around the league, Faulk’s name still carries a ton of value. Prospective trade ideas are all that have come out so far, but Carolina’s front office could definitely bring a decent amount back to Raleigh for him.
On the season, Faulk has the most points among all Canes defensemen, largely due to a concussion Hanifin is dealing with right now. Faulk sits one point ahead of Hanifin, with seven goals and 30 points. It’s a pretty massive dip from the production we’ve seen from him in recent years.
Naming Faulk a co-captain might have been a huge mistake on the part of head coach Bill Peters. That amount of pressure on Faulk’s shoulders could be one reason why his production is not where it normally sits. However, we can’t go back from that now.
Here’s three potential landing spots if the Carolina Hurricanes were to pull the trigger on a trade involving Justin Faulk.