NHL Rumors: Metropolitan Division Team Now Targeting Noah Hanifin

The Pittsburgh Penguins, under the leadership of their new GM Kyle Dubas, have shifted their focus to acquiring defenseman Noah Hanifin from the Calgary Flames.

With the Erik Karlsson trade rumors fading away, the Penguins are eager to strengthen their defense and make a significant push for another shot at the Stanley Cup.

To facilitate the potential deal, the Penguins would likely part ways with center Mikael Granlund, a prospect, and a high draft pick, likely a first-round pick, all of which would go to the Flames.

While some Penguins fans are excited about the prospect of landing a talented defenseman like Hanifin, others express concerns about giving away valuable assets for short-term success.

The NHL's hard salary cap poses a challenge, and the team must carefully navigate their financial options to ensure they stay within budget while still strengthening their roster.

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