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Blues acquire Justin Faulk from Hurricanes

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The St. Louis Blues have made a big-time acquisition with just a little over a week until the 2019/2020 NHL season gets underway.

The team announced Tuesday that they have acquired star defenceman Justin Faulk and a 2020 fifth-round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for veteran defenceman Joel Edmundson, Swedish forward prospect Dominik Bokk and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick.

Immediately following the trade, the Blues signed Faulk to an eight-year, $45.5 million contract extension worth an average annual value of $6.5 million.

“We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years,” said Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong.

“He’s a Top-4 defenseman who averages over 23 minutes a game and we are confident he will be a strong addition to our club.”

The 27-year old, who was selected 37th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, has posted 85 goals, 173 assists and a minus-100 rating over a span of 559 career games.

He spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Hurricanes organization prior to this deal.

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Leafs avoid arbitration with Ilya Mikheyev, sign him to a two-year extension

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The Toronto Maple Leafs reached an agreement with restricted free agent Ilya Mikheyev on Tuesday, signing him to a two-year, $3.29 million contract extension that carries an annual average value of $1.645 million.

The 26-year old Russian, who signed with the franchise out of Russia prior to last season, posted eight goals and 23 assists in 39 games before being sidelined for the remainder of the regular season due to a wrist laceration. He eventually returned for the Leafs’ five qualifying round games against the Columbus Blue Jackets in August.

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Legendary hockey announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick retires from broadcasting after 50 years

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Another legendary voice is riding off into the sunset.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is known as the voice of hockey in the United States, officially announced that he is retiring for good from announcing NHL games after a historic 50-year career.

“It was 50 years ago this fall, with pen and pad in hand at old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, I got my first chance to cover the National Hockey League…Gordie Howe was a Red Wing, Bobby Hull was a Blackhawk, Bobby Orr was a Bruin. A time like this makes me recall that we have seen a lot together. The biggest crowd ever, 105,000 at Michigan Stadium. A gold medal game that required overtime between the two North American powers in Vancouver.” said Emrick in a statement.

“Things change over 50 years, but much of what I love is unchanged from then to now and into the years ahead. I still get chills seeing the Stanley Cup. I especially love when the horn sounds, and one team has won and another team hasn’t, all hostility can dissolve into the timeless great display of sportsmanship — the handshake line. I leave you with sincere thanks.”

Along with being a Hockey Hall of Famer, the 74-year old has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career. He has won
eight Emmy awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play category, and the Foster Hewitt Award in 2008.

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Golden Knights win the Alex Pietrangelo sweepstakes

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It may have took a few days longer than expected, but the Vegas Golden Knights have finally gotten the big-name defenseman they’ve coveted.

The team has officially signed All-Star blueliner Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year contract worth an average annual value of $8.8 million. The deal also includes a full no-movement clause.

The 30-year old, who was selected fourth overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had spent his entire career with the Blues organization leading up to this point. During that span, he accumulated 109 goals and 341 assists over 758 combined games and 10 seasons.

He was also selected to two NHL All-Star Games, three NHL Second All-Star Teams, and won a Stanley Cup back in 2019.

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