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Blues Acquire Justin Faulk

According to the St. Louis Blues, the team has acquired Justin Faulk and a 5th round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Joel Edmundson, prospect Dominik Bokk, and a 7th round pick.

The Blues also announce that they reached an agreement on a new contract for Faulk, which will be 7 years at an AAV of $6.5 million, starting in 2020-21.

The Blues will have Faulk, Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko patrolling the right side of their blueline. Pietrangelo is eligible to be a UFA this summer and Parayko has three seasons left on his contract.

Hurricanes Sign Jake Gardiner

The Hurricanes have signed UFA defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four year deal.

The market was a bit softer for Gardiner than most anticipated. Concerns about the blueliner’s history with back injuries could have limited the interest.

Justin Williams to “Step Away”

The Hurricanes have announced that Justin Williams will not be joining them to start the upcoming NHL season.

Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that the belief was Williams was more likely to retire than not. Although, neither the Hurricanes nor Williams have used the word retire, today’s announcement seems a soft move towards that.

Williams, who turns 38 in October, had 23 goals and 30 assists with the Hurricanes last season.

Report: Carolina Willing to Eat Significant Salary to Move Semin

Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period reports that the Hurricanes are willing to retain a significant part of Alexander Semin‘s salary to facilitate a trade.

Semin has three seasons left beyond 2014-15 at an annual salary and cap-hit of $7 million.

Kings Acquire Andrej Sekera

“The Mayor” John Hoven reports the Kings are closing in on a trade for Hurricanes D Andrej Sekera.

5:09 PM: Elliotte Friedman confirms.

5:25 PM: Friedman says the prospect in the deal is Roland McKeown.

5:28 PM: Friedman says the pick is conditional. If L.A. misses the playoffs, the Canes will get their 2016 1st round pick, and L.A. will keep their 2015 1st.

Canes Trade Tlusty to Jets

The Hurricanes have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets for a 2016 3rd round pick and a 2015 6th.

With Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault out of action, the Jets could use the help up front. Tlusty has 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this season.

Insider Trading: Sekera, Michalek, Kings, Wisniewski, Habs, O’Reilly

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

From February 24th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:

Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks are among the many teams that are interested in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, as the Hawks have been extensively scouting the Canes’ defenseman. He says it sounds like Johnny Oduya is close to returning, but the team is looking to add to their blueline, regardless.

McKenzie says that Zbynek Michalek‘s concussion is concerning some suitors. He says even if Michalek isn’t in action by the trade deadline, he should still be traded, though the compensation would likely be heavily conditional.

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in both Sekera and Michalek, however the Kings are cautious about adding salary in case they need cap space should Slava Voynov be reinstated. He senses the Kings are leaning towards risking it, and taking on salary anyways. He says they would ideally like to add a top-four defenseman, and a forward due to Tanner Pearson being out of the lineup.

Darren Dreger says the Blue Jackets are testing the market for James Wisniewski, but his contract is “cumbersome”. He says Wisniewski has submitted a list of 10 teams he would not accept a trade to.

Bob McKenzie says the Habs’ trade of Jiri Sekac for Devante Smith-Pelly was fueled by head coach Michel Therrien’s lack of trust in Sekac. Pierre Lebrun reports that GM Marc Bergevin would like to add both a forward and a defenseman before Monday’s trade deadline, but he’s not going to mortgage the future to do so. He says he would be very surprised if the Habs were seriously interested in Joffrey Lupul.

Darren Dreger says that a deal involving Ryan O’Reilly is unlikely to happen before the trade deadline. He says there may be some discussion about the parameters of a contract extension, and if there’s no traction a draft day trade may be likely.

Kuc: Blackhawks Interested in Sekera, Glencross

Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Blackhawks are interested in Andrej Sekera of the Hurricanes and Curtis Glencross of the Flames.

Both potential UFAs, Sekera is a strong bet to be moved before the deadline, and it’s looking like a Glencross move is getting more and more likely.

  

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