May 16, 2018 | 10:50aM ET
LEAFS COULD PURSUE FAULK AGAIN
Justin Faulk, defenceman
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to bolster their blueline this off-season, as many have reported since their season came to a close, and could revisit talks with the Carolina Hurricanes about defenceman Justin Faulk.
Faulk, 26, was a player the Maple Leafs expressed interest in this past season and last summer, and are believed to be in a position to explore trading for him again, perhaps next month closer to the NHL Draft.
During a radio guest appearance on TSN 1050 in Toronto earlier Wednesday morning, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reiterated his belief that Faulk is a player of interest for the Maple Leafs, and mentioned how the Hurricanes are going to be active this summer.
“The word out of Carolina is their open to doing a lot of things,” McKenzie said, adding the team is willing to listen on every player except forward Sebastian Aho.
McKenzie noted Toronto’s hesitation to move one of its top young forwards, like a William Nylander or Connor Brown, though suggested Brown could be in play if the right deal presented itself.
The Hurricanes could certainly insist on Nylander being involve in a trade for Faulk, which may end talks from Toronto’s perspective.
Faulk, a native of South St. Paul, Minnesota, has two-years remaining on his contract, which comes with a $4.833 salary cap hit.
Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas will weigh his options this summer, as Faulk is not the only defenceman the team has been linked to. Toronto has also reportedly had interest in such players as Vancouver’s Chris Tanev, Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Los Angeles’ Alec Martinez and Columbus’ David Savard.