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Sport NHL Rumor Roundup: After Jeff Skinner trade, is Justin Faulk next out of Carolina?

18:36  08 august  2018
18:36  08 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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With Jeff Skinner finally moved, the focus of Hurricanes trade speculation shifts toward defenseman Justin Faulk . The Skinner trade was the latest move by the Hurricanes' new management in their ongoing roster shakeup. During the 2018 NHL draft in June, general manager Don Waddell traded

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NHL trades in August are a rare occurrence, especially those involving a noteworthy player. The Hurricanes shipping three-time 30-goal scorer Jeff Skinner to the Sabres last week certainly caught most observers off guard.

The Skinner trade was the latest move by the Hurricanes' new management in their ongoing roster shakeup. During the 2018 NHL draft in June, general manager Don Waddell traded Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm to Calgary for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox. Waddell also signed former Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan last month to a four-year contract.

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Jeff Skinner Bio. Skinner began earning honors in the NHL at a historically young age. After getting 31 goals and 63 points with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2010-11 season, during which Skinner was 18, he became the youngest winner of the Calder Trophy as the NHL 's top rookie.

Can't get enough NHL rumors ? Lyle Richardson's Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop guide During last month's NHL draft, the Canadiens reportedly had a trade in place to ship Pacioretty to the Kings. However, the deal fell through because a contract extension couldn't be worked out .

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With Skinner finally moved, the focus of Hurricanes trade speculation shifts toward defenseman Justin Faulk. Like his now-former teammate, Faulk's been the subject of offseason media chatter. Rumors linked him to the Blackhawks, Red Wings, Oilers and Maple Leafs.

Shortly before the Skinner trade, the Raleigh News & Observer's Luke DeCock noted the acquisition of Hamilton led to the assumption Faulk could become expendable. While DeCock didn't rule out the possibility of the 26-year-old blueliner returning with the Hurricanes, he pointed out that a reduction in his defensive duties could make the rearguard a prime trade candidate.

Waddell sees the situation differently. Following the Skinner trade, the GM said his club never stated they wanted to trade Faulk, adding that was merely speculation following the Hamilton trade. Waddell praised his blueline corps, calling it one of the best in the league, but didn't rule out the possibility of moving Faulk if another team “steps up to the plate.”

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Justin Faulk . Born: March 20, 1992. Birthplace: South St. Paul, MN, USA. Faulk earned a spot on the NHL 's All-Rookie team in 2011-12 after leading the Carolina Hurricanes in average ice time per game (22:51), ranking first among rookie defensemen in power-play goals (five), tying for first among

Can't get enough NHL rumors ? Lyle Richardson's Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop Stevenson and Smith agree Dorion doesn't intend to lose Karlsson to free agency for nothing next He points out they still have two significant trade chips in defenseman Justin Faulk and forward Jeff

Waddell might not be shopping Faulk but he could change his mind if the Hurricanes' offense fails to improve in 2018-19. Carolina was 23rd overall in goals for per game (2.74) last season and the return received from the Sabres (forward prospect Cliff Pu and three draft picks) won't replace Skinner's offense. Faulk could become Waddell's best trade chip to land a scorer.

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TSN's Ian Mendes believes the one-year deal raises more questions about Stone's future in Ottawa than it answers. The earliest the Senators can open contract extension talks is Jan. 1. With Stone and teammates Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene slated to become UFA next July, Mendes suggests the Senators could face a major rebuild if those players depart.

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Carolina Hurricanes trade Jeff Skinner to Buffalo Sabres. By Luke DeCock and Chip Alexander. Skinner burst into the league in 2010 straight out of the draft, where he was the seventh overall “We never said we wanted to trade Justin Faulk . People assumed when we picked up Dougie Hamilton

Can't get enough NHL rumors ? Lyle Richardson's Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop guide During last month's NHL draft, the Canadiens reportedly had a trade in place to ship Pacioretty to The Athletic's Scott Powers believes Faulk would be an upgrade for the Hawks blueline but he

The Ottawa Sun's Ken Warren shares Mendes' concern. If the Senators cannot get Stone, Karlsson or Duchene under contract this season, Warren speculates they could be shopped by next February's NHL trade deadline.

Given the Senators' well-documented state of disarray since last season, The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy feels there's little incentive for those three to stick around. If Dorion ends up peddling them, he must get the best possible return to help the club rebuild.

The fate of Stone — and of Karlsson and Duchene — could be determined by the Senators' performance in 2018-19. A repeat of last season's disastrous meltdown could mean the departure of Karlsson by the trade deadline if he hasn't already been dealt by then. It could also kill any hope Dorion has of re-signing Stone and Duchene.

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Artemi Panarin pining for Chicago?

The reluctance of high-scoring winger Artemi Panarin to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets raised eyebrows around the league. It's also made him the subject of recent trade rumors.

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NHL trade rumors : What can the Senators expect to get in an Erik Karlsson deal? The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus believes the Blackhawks cannot go into next season with their That could create more room to pursue Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and/or teammate Jeff Skinner .

Can't get enough NHL rumors ? Lyle Richardson's Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop guide to the As the curtain rises Wednesday on another NHL season, the trade rumor mill is already buzzing over Should the Wings remain out of contention, Nyquist could be shopped by mid-January.

Panarin is slated to become a UFA next July. If he hits the open market, The Athletic's Scott Powers cited a source claiming the 26-year-old left wing could consider returning to the Blackhawks, where he began his NHL career. Last summer, the Blackhawks dealt Panarin to the Blue Jackets for winger Brandon Saad.

While such a move would take what Powers considers “serious cap managing” by the Blackhawks, he feels it's possible to pull it off. Assuming an $82 million salary cap for 2019-20, Powers suggests they could re-sign Panarin for $9 million annually and still have enough to re-sign young center Nick Schmaltz to a $6 million-per-season raise.

If Panarin is keen to return to Chicago next summer, the Blackhawks could be interested in signing him. However, he could seek more than they can comfortably afford.

Another 80-plus point campaign on his part could push his salary demands over $10 million annually. If they agree to pay that much it could leave them with insufficient space to address their already-thin defense corps.

Jeff Skinner trade grades: Sabres buy low on high-end scoring help .
Jeff Skinner's time was coming to an end in Carolina. Enter rebuilding Buffalo, which addressed a glaring need Thursday by acquiring a top-line winger at a fraction of the cost.Skinner, heavily involved in trade rumors this summer, seemed designated for a departure sooner or later with the Hurricanes looking to turn the page on a failed era.

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