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Ducks and Hurricanes reportedly discussing a deal for Justin Faulk

Anaheim is looking for right-handed defensemen, while Carolina is looking to clear their blueline logjam and gain cap space.

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Anaheim Ducks have discussed a deal that would reportedly involve Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk.

UPDATE (9/10, 1:00 PM): Sara Civian, beat reporter for the Carolina Hurricanes with The Athletic, confirms that Ondrej Kase is part of the return for Justin Faulk.

The 27-year-old blueliner has been rumored to be on the trade block for multiple seasons now, with the Ducks being linked to him on more than one occasion. Now, with Anaheim severely lacking in established right side defensemen (Josh Manson is the only right hander with a guaranteed spot) and Carolina needing cap space combined with a need to clear out the log jam of RHD, the timing for a deal like this is as good as ever.

There is a significant hurdle that would need to be cleared in order for this deal to go through, however: Faulk would need to approve a trade to Anaheim. According to CapFriendly, Faulk has an NTC that allows him a list of 15 teams he would accept a trade too. The Ducks are not on that list. Which means that a satisfactory extension offer from Anaheim would likely be required for Faulk to accept the move.

Faulk will be entering the final year of a six year, $4.833 million AAV contract this season. Any extension would likely start at $6 million AAV and potentially go higher depending on the term. The Ducks currently have approximately $8.5 million in cap space for the upcoming season, but with the caveat of that room dropping to $4.5 million with the Corey Perry buyout hit next year. The potential term, more than anything, would be the biggest concern here, as any deal would likely take Faulk into his age 33 season or later.

Still, this trade would make a lot of sense for Anaheim given what Faulk would bring to an uncertain defense.

While he has played in a Carolina system that has had very good underlying numbers for years, Faulk has had very good shot metrics at 5v5 and outstanding metrics on the power play, something the Ducks are in desperate need of.

With him on the ice, the Hurricanes have controlled over 53% of the shot attempts with an expected goals percentage of over 53%.

Faulk has tallied 258 points (85G, 173) in 559 games with Carolina over eight seasons. He’s also been very durable in his career, playing all 82 games last year with no less than 66 games played in a full season.

Whether or not this deal happens remains to be seen given the fact that Faulk would need to approve a trade to Orange County. But it appears Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is at least kicking the tires on making a big move to accelerate the Ducks climb back into Stanley Cup contention.