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Justin Faulk traded to Blues, signs seven-year extension

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Justin Faulk traded to Blues, signs seven-year extension

It was announced today defenseman Justin Faulk has been traded to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who then signed the All-Star defenseman to a seven-year extension.

The deal is worth $45.5 million (annual average value of $6.5 million). Talk about a high-price tag!

The Blues traded defenseman Joel Edmundson and prospect Dominik Bokk to Faulk’s former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as a seventh-round pick in 2021 NHL draft. Along with signing Faulk, the Blues also received a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

The trade itself doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Faulk entered the final season of his six-year contract with the Hurricanes, with rumors circulating that Hurricanes were shopping around.

Faulk signed to Carolina after being selected during the second round in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Faulk was integral to the Hurricanes ascent to the Eastern Conference Final last year. He posted one goal and seven assists for the Hurricanes in 15 playoff games on top of ranking second amongst defenders in the club, with 35 points and a plus-9 rating.

"We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "He's a Top-4 defenseman who averages over 23 minutes a game and we are confident he will be a strong addition to our club."

Even with the hefty paycheck, Blues fans seem to be pleased with the trade, taking to Twitter to praise Armstrong.

It’ll be interesting to see what Faulk’s addition to Blues lineup will mean for the Blackhawks when the two rivals come face to face this season in December.

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Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling to take leave of absence from Hurricanes

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Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling to take leave of absence from Hurricanes

Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling is taking a personal leave of absence from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Don Waddell, the Hurricanes general manager, announced the move on Sunday.

Darling has played in just eight games with the Hurricanes this season, holding a 3.33 GAA and .884 save percentage. He has spent much of the season in the AHL; in 14 games with the Charlotte Checkers, Darling has a 3.40 GAA and .882 save percentage.

“Since he’s been down there he’s had some good games and some bad games,” Waddell said to the Charlotte Observer. “He had a tough game the other night and his agent called me and said he would like to take a personal leave of absence and would we allow that to get his mind back together."

Waddell told Darling to "take a week" and said that Darling's decision is not performance-based.

“No, I think it’s him trying to get his mind around it," he said. "He’s obviously has had a tough year on the ice and he needs, from a mental standpoint, needs to regroup basically.

“We all know he’s had ups and downs in his career, and we’ll be supportive. He’s still under contract for two more years and we’ve got to see if we can get this thing back together.”

Darling played for the Blackhawks from 2014-17 before being traded to the Hurricanes on April 28, 2017. He signed a four-year, $16.6 million contract with the Hurricanes a week later.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: The Blackhawks losing streak extends to 8

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: The Blackhawks losing streak extends to 8

The Blackhawks losing streak extended to eight games with an overtime loss in Carolina, but there were some signs of improvement with the team. Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss Jeremy Colliton going to the “nuclear option,” pairing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line. It seemed to work, but how did the other lines fare?

Plus, how close are we to seeing some calls made to Rockford and how important are the next two “winnable” games?

0:45 - Mindset of the team after their 8th straight loss

2:00 - Opposition getting quality chances against hawks goalies

4:00 - Toews and Kane playing on the same line

5:00 - Nick Schmaltz needs to take more shots

5:45 - Colliton's lines during overtime

8:00 - DeBrincat playing on a line with Kampf and Kahun

9:45 - Debrincat with more goals than Kane or Roenick through 100 career games

11:45 -  How close are the Blackhawks to making some callups from Rockford to give the team a boost?

14:00 - Hawks get a chance against 2 other struggling teams in Blues and Knights

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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