NHL Rumor Mill – September 10, 2019
The Ducks and Hurricanes are discussing a Justin Faulk trade. Get the details, plus an update on Mitch Marner, in today’s NHL rumor mill.
FAULK TO THE DUCKS?
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman yesterday reported the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes have “intensely discussed” a deal that would send Justin Faulk to the Ducks. The 27-year-old defenseman is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Friedman reports the Ducks are interested in signing Faulk to a contract extension. However, they’re on his 15-team no-trade list.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Elliott Teaford reports the trade talks hinged on Faulk’s desire for a contract extension. His potential addition to the Ducks would bring them a much-needed right-hand shot to their blueline. With around $8.5 million in salary-cap space for this season, they can easily afford Faulk’s $4.83-million cap hit.
Teaford observers the Hurricanes need a right-winger after Justin Williams announced he was taking some time away from the game.
NBC SPORTS: Adam Gretz cited the News & Observer’s Luke DeCock belief the two sides have a deal in place depending upon Faulk’s decision. DeCock noted the Hurricanes have long coveted Ondrej Kase and he’d be surprised if he wasn’t involved.
Gretz questions the Ducks’ interest in Faulk, believing it’ll take more to reverse their declining fortunes. He doubts Faulk will improve their struggling defense.
THE ATHLETIC: Eric Stephens reports a contract extension could be key to sealing a trade. He speculates the Ducks could be interested in making a trade now and working on a new contract later. Stephens believes Faulk’s next deal could be worth over $6 million per season.
If the Ducks are forced to part with Kase in this deal, Stephens doesn’t see that sitting well with some Ducks fans. Despite Kase’s injury history, he has 30-goal potential. Stephens also admits it’s questionable if Faulk can make the Ducks a playoff club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s up to Faulk if this deal goes down.Their recent addition of Jake Gardiner suggests he won’t be part of their plans beyond this season. That could convince him to accept a trade, especially if the Ducks are willing to meet his asking price for his next contract.
I agree with Gretz that this move could be a short-sighted one for the Ducks. This is a club that must transition toward younger, affordable talent. The addition of Faulk won’t guarantee a playoff berth. Even if they make it, they could face long odds getting past the opening round.
UPDATE ON MARNER
TSN: Barring a change in Mitch Marner’s contract talks, Darren Dreger believes the Toronto Maple Leafs winger will head to Switzerland to train with the Zurich Lions. Earlier this month, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said he remains hopeful of getting Marner re-signed before training camp opens and isn’t interested in trading the youngster. It’s believed the Leafs offered between roughly $9 million to $11-million annually on three, six, and seven-year deals.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont recently noted the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox suggesting the Leafs should consider trading Marner for young, promising (and affordable) talent, such as a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. Dupont doubts many clubs could currently afford to pay Marner $11 million annually. Only Colorado, Winnipeg and Columbus could afford to do so and they have restricted free agents of their own to re-sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets’ re-signing of Zach Werenski yesterday takes them off that list. Yes, a creative GM could find a way to take on Marner by sending some salaried talent to the Leafs, but that’s easier said than done. If we take Dubas at his word, he has no intention of trading the youngster so making a pitch would be a pointless endeavor right now.