Hurricanes Trade UFA Joel Edmundson To Canadiens For 5th-Round Pick

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Saturday afternoon that they have traded defenseman Joel Edmundson to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick (#139 overall) in the 2020 NHL entry draft. Edmundson is set to become a free agent on Friday, October 9.


Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired Montreal’s fifth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for the rights to defenseman Joel Edmundson.

Edmundson, 27, recorded 20 points (7g, 13a) in 68 games with the Hurricanes this season. The 6’4″, 215-pound defenseman has earned 72 points (20g, 52a) in 337 career NHL games with St. Louis and Carolina.

The 2020 NHL Draft with be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Rounds 2-7 will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The trade means that the Canadiens have acquired the rights to negotiate with Edmundson prior to the first day of free agency. Edmundson could very well test the market when free agency opens on October 9, and sign with another team. However, the trade seems to indicate that the Canadiens feel fairly confident that they will be able to reach an agreement with Edmundson.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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