What could a Noah Hanifin trade return look like for the Calgary Flames?

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Robert Munnich
6 months ago
One of the most debated topics of conversation among Calgary Flames fans has been what to do with Noah Hanifin. Should Craig Conroy trade him between now and the trade deadline? Or should Conroy sign him to an eight year contract worth approximately $60 million (a $7.5 million average annual value)?
One thing that needs to be taken into consideration when having this discussion is what can the Flames realistically get in return for Hanifin on the trade market?
If he becomes available, Hanifin will likely be one of, if not the best defenceman on the trade market. As we all know he is a high-end skater, smart, puck moving defenceman. He can play on a second power play unit and on the penalty kill.
On the offensive side of the puck, Hanifin is good for anywhere between 35-45 points depending on his usage.
His age is also something that might be attractive to an acquiring team who may want to sign him to a long-term extension. Hanifin will turn 27 on Jan. 25. The acquiring team might be able to sign Hanifin for his age 27-34 seasons, which should be his prime years of performance.
There is a lot to like about this player. Teams will be lining up to acquire him between now and the trade deadline, especially if the Flames are willing to retain up to 50% of Hanifin’s $4.95 million cap hit.
There have been six trades made over the last three years that could be used as a comparison for what the Flames could be looking for in a Hanifin trade. Not all these are perfect comparables. But they’re in the same ballpark in terms of the quality of player on the move.
A first-round pick was moved in each trade. That will be a non-negotiable for the Flames management team.
After that, the Flames could look to add more draft picks in the top three rounds. Or they could ask for a prospect or NHL player.
What the Flames have going for them is that Hanifin is going to be one of the best defencemen on the trade market this season. Teams love to add top four defencemen for their potential playoff runs. That’s why I think Conroy could hit a home run with this deal.

Trade prediction

To New Jersey: Noah Hanifin (CGY Retains 50% of his cap hit)
To Calgary: 2024 1st Round Pick, Seamus Casey
Getting a first-round pick and a good prospect from a desperate team like the Devils isn’t unrealistic based off comparable deals of the past.
What do you think the Flames could get for Noah Hanifin in a trade? Let us know in the comments section!

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