Leafs linked to potential #1 defenceman in hot trade rumour

Could this be the solution to the team’s defensive struggles?

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According to a report from hockey’s most trusted NHL insider Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Carolina Hurricanes, under the new regime of general manager Don Waddell and owner Tom Dundon, are open and actively looking to make trades this upcoming offseason.

During a radio appearance on TSN’s OverDrive, McKenzie made it clear that the Hurricanes are open for business and that they’ll listen to trade offers on anyone but budding superstar Sebastian Aho.

"There's one guy on the team they are not prepared to trade, Sebastion Aho,” says McKenzie. “Everybody else, everybody else, is available.”

Now, while the Hurricanes may not have the star power to facilitate a blockbuster deal, they do have some very good hockey players who will no doubt generate interest on the trade market. In particular, McKenzie himself believes that offensive defenseman Justin Faulk could be on the move. 

"I think Faulk is very much in play”, said McKenzie. The right shooting, perennial 30+ point blue liner is sure to be a hot commodity on the trade market, not only for his versatility but because he’s signed a a relatively cost effective contract at $4.8 million per season for the next two years. For a minute munching, 30+ point Dman that’s incredible value.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans may recall that the 26 year old Faulk was someone whom the team expressed interest in last offseason and again this season prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, but ultimately could not consummate a deal. Perhaps new Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas re-opens trade negotiations with the Hurricanes?

In 76 games with the Hurricanes this season, the 26 year old Faulk put up eight goals and 31 points. His career high of 15 goals and 49 points in 2014-15 however shows just how productive he can be if put in the right circumstances.

McKenzie noted that the Leafs are hesitant to trade one of its top young forwards, like William Nylander or Connor Brown, though he admitted that Brown could be in play for the right return. Could that return be Faulk? It’s certainly worth considering. Stay tuned, Leafs fans. This is going to be one interesting offseason.