Flames Defenseman Noah Hanifin Linked to 2 Teams on Trade Market

The Calgary Flames are a complete dumpster fire and there's several pending unrestricted free agents who are in need of new contract extensions. While you'd like GM Craig Conroy would be in the middle of negotiations with some of the Flames pending free agents, that's not the case at all. Because of Calgary's start this season, Conroy is considering going in a new direction.

As far as defenseman Noah Hanifin is concerned, there's been several reports over the last year that he would prefer to play in the United States and if he had his wish he'd join his close friend Jack Eichel with the Vegas Golden Knights. While Vegas currently has no room to make this happen, a couple of other western conference teams could be in the mix. 

According to hockey insider Elliotte Friedman, he's mentioned the following on Hanifin's future via his latest 32 Thoughts:

Kinda suspect the Sharks called Calgary about Noah Hanifin. Don’t see that as a fit. Another team I wonder about is Arizona. The Coyotes have the second-best goal differential in the Central, and a desire to push for the playoffs. As this situation plays out, I am curious to see if an extension becomes part of the conversation. It benefits Hanifin, and benefits the Flames in any return.

Hanifin is owed $4.95 million against the cap this season and holds an 8-team no-trade clause. So far in 12 games he's scored twice and added four assists. His best season came back in 2021-22 when Hanifin recorded 48 points in 81 games.

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