Noah Hanifin requests trade from Calgary Flames
Throw money-making defenseman Noah Hanifin on the block too. Yep, that’s right. According to the Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun,
the 26-year-old has told the Calgary Flames he’s not open to signing an extension. Like Mathew Tkachuk, he wants out a year early. He has one season left on his $4.95 million contract. He tallied 38 points this past season. He had a career-high 48 in 2021-22. He showed why Calgary was high on him in 2018. That was when they acquired him from the Carolina Hurricanes. So what gives? We have yet to find out.
So in the meantime, let’s stick to something we do know.
Do you know who else Calgary acquired in that deal? Center Elias Lindholm. Guess what? He joins Hanifin as one of seven Flames who can walk as unrestricted free agents next year. New General Manager Craig Conroy already has a lot on his plate. The man said he didn’t want any of the core leaving for free. But it’s hard to imagine that happening. At least he has former Flames teammate Jarome Iginla as a special advisor, right?
That said, who knows? There’s a lot that can change in a year. With a fresh face in Ryan Huska behind the bench, Calgary can go on a playoff run. If so, they can’t afford another slow start. They need to come out Flaming hot. They need to give a reason for Tyler Toffoli, Mikael Backlund, Chris Tanev, and Nikita Zadorov to stay. Especially since Hanifin is one skate out the door.