NHL Trade Rumor: Carolina Hurricanes moving on from Justin Faulk

Training camp in the NHL is right around the corner, and teams continue to find ways to tinker with their lineup before opening night. The Carolina Hurricanes used Friday to sign defenseman Jake Gardiner, and when the signing was announced it caught the attention of the league.

Carolina is now currently in a severe cap crunch and have a ton of questions about the style of their defense. According to sources, the Carolina Hurricanes are open to moving Justin Faulk. The 27-year-old does have a modified trade clause that covers 15 teams, however, for the right situation, any player can be convinced. It's also quite the feeling when somebody tells you they don't want you anymore, just ask Phil Kessel.

Back to Faulk, the offensive defenceman has one year remaining on his contract at $4.83 million and with the amount of offensive defencemen now on the 'Canes and the questions surrounding their goaltenders, the team could be looking to move Faulk for somebody cheaper and more defensively responsible.

The Colorado Avalanche have reached out, along with Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils.

The Devils could be the most intriguing as they have an offer on the table for Patrik Laine, which appears to be holding everything else up. The Blue Jackets are a team Faulk would have a hard time leaving for, and lastly Colorado could be the best fit for both sides.

Would you want your team to acquire Justin Faulk and his 35 points per season?