Flames Rumors: Surprising New Team Enters Noah Hanifin Sweepstakes

Recent NHL trade rumors have generated considerable speculation regarding the potential interest of the Minnesota Wild in acquiring defenseman Noah Hanifin from the Calgary Flames.

While no specific details have emerged, the Flames' openness to exploring a trade involving Hanifin, ahead of the upcoming season rather than waiting for the trade deadline, has sparked discussions within the hockey community.

One trade scenario could see the Flames sending Hanifin to the Wild in exchange for a package that includes a high draft pick, or two, and a prospect.

However, such a trade would need to navigate complexities, including the Minnesota Wild's salary cap challenges due to existing contracts and the valuation of the players and assets involved.

The Wild are currently in some salary cap trouble with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter still on their books.

Last season the 26-year-old Hanifin recorded seven goals and 38 total points across 81 games with the Flames. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports