The defending champions for the Stanley Cup made a big move ahead of the 2019-20 season, trading for Carolina quarterback Justin Folk and subsequently signed him for a seven-year, $ 45.5 million contract extension.
The Blues sent potential Dominic Bock, quarterback Joel Edmundson and a 2021 selection to the Hurricanes. Together with Folk, the Canes sent the Fifth Round to 2020.
There has been months of speculation that the Hurricanes are working on a deal for Folk, a 27-year-old three-time All Star. The Cannes have a surplus of capable quarterbacks, Folk was in the final year of his deal and it doesn't look like Carolina will sign him for an extension.
Last season, Folk served as alternate captain of the Hurricanes, which became expensive after the season after dropping a nine-year playoff run and making it to the Eastern Conference finals.
Earlier this month, the Canes had talked to Anaheim ducks about trading with Folk, though the deal fell apart. It was not clear if Folk was ready to sign a contract extension with the Ducks.
"We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "He is the fourth quarterback to play in an average of 23 minutes and we are sure he will be a strong addition to our club.
Folk will earn $ 4.83 million this season in the last year of his deal; his next contract carries an average of $ 6.5 a year, signed in 2026-27 ̵
Over the past five seasons, Folk has been ranked seventh among NHL defensemen by goals and fourth in power goals.
Edmundson, 26, has appeared in 64 Blues games in the past Season Two – He had two goals and 11 points – Edmundson appeared in 22 playoff games for the Blue, as the franchise won its first Stanley Cup, with $ 3.1 million to become an unrestricted free agent in July
The 19-year-old Bock was the first round of the Blues – the 25th overall – in the 2018 NHL draft. The German-born German had eight goals and 23 points with Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League last year. Bok plays with Rogle BK Angelholm this season. Bock is considered one of St. Louis' top prospects.