Flames Rumors: 3 Teams Expected to Join Noah Hanifin Sweepstakes

Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin is one of the NHL's top trade candidates as we get closer to the deadline. The Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, and Arizona Coyotes are three teams who have been connected to him, but more are expected to join in on the sweepstakes. Let's discuss three specific clubs who are likely to target him now. 

New York Islanders: The New York Islanders are a team to watch when it comes to Hanifin. They have been on the hunt for a defenseman this season, so why would they not go for the best d-man on the trade market? He would boost their top four and work on both their special teams. 

Dallas Stars: The Dallas Stars are in win-now mode and could use some help when it comes to their blue line. Because of this, a player like Hanifin would likely grab their attention over these next few weeks. He would make their roster even better and give them some more offense from the point.

Florida Panthers: The Florida Panthers were linked to Hanifin during the offseason. When noting that they are once again at the top portion of the NHL standings, they are in a position to make a big splash and bring in a star like Hanifin. 

We will need to wait and see if any of these three teams end up adding Hanifin before the trade deadline passes from here.

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