Hurricanes Rumors: Capitals Defenseman Linked To Former Team

The Carolina Hurricanes are currently linked to Washington Capitals defenseman Joel Edmundson as a potential trade target ahead of the NHL's March 8 trade deadline.

This connection stems from Edmundson's history with the Hurricanes, where he played a crucial role during their 2019-2020 Stanley Cup playoff run.

Although he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and eventually found his way to the Capitals, Edmundson's impact on Carolina's blue line left a lasting impression.

As the Hurricanes face changes in their defensive lineup, with several unrestricted free agents on the horizon, including Brett Pesce, Brady Skjei, Jalen Chatfield, and Tony DeAngelo, Edmundson emerges as a viable option to bolster their defense.

So far this season, the 30-year-old has scored a goal and two assists, a -2 plus/minus rating, and 41 blocked shots across 31 games played.

While his contract with the Capitals is set to expire, speculation abounds that he might be open to rejoining his former team if the Capitals decide to become sellers.

Acquiring Edmundson would provide the Hurricanes with both immediate defensive stability and a long-term asset, although securing his services might require careful negotiation and exploration of various trade scenarios to meet their defensive needs.

Edmundson had the best season of his nine-year career with the Hurricanes in 2019-20, scoring seven goals, 20 total points, a +7 plus/minus rating, and 91 blocked shots over 68 games played.

The trade deadline approaches, leaving room for intrigue as the Hurricanes consider their options to strengthen their roster. Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports