Blues acquire defenseman Justin Faulk in trade with ’Canes

Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11), Justin Faulk (27) and Justin Williams (14) celebrate Staal's goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have acquired All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson and a prospect.

The Blues also announced Tuesday that Faulk signed a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The 27-year-old Faulk had 85 goals and 258 points — club records in both stat categories among defensemen — but was entering the final year of his six-year, $29 million contract. He had been the subject of trade speculation throughout the offseason, and it intensified after the Hurricanes signed veteran defenseman Brett Gardiner to a four-year deal earlier this month.

Carolina also picked up 19-year-old forward Dominik Bokk in the deal and the team swapped late-round draft picks.