Top Contender for Noah Hanifin is Revealed

BY JULIEN TREKKER    AUGUST 26, 2023  (1:01 PM)
Whispers around the league suggest that Noah Hanifin is looking for a fresh start. His time in Calgary seems to be drawing to a close, and a new team was linked to the defenseman.

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New Team Linked to Hanifin



Since he got drafted in 2015 by the Hurricanes, his evolution has been othing short of remarkable. Now, he's looking for a change of scenery as he approaches the end of his current contract. The Blue Jackets seem interested.


NHLTradeRumors.com delved into this situation:

Noah Hanifin has stated he has no interest in signing a contract extension with the Calgary Flames which has led to the rumors.

NHL trade rumors have the Columbus Blue Jackets offering up defenseman Andrew Peeke and forward Kirill Marchenko for Hanifin.


What's the Deal?



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Now, it's worth noting that sending both Marchenko and Peeke to Calgary wouldn't be an easy decision. Marchenko, a rather unsung hero last season, boasted an impressive tally of 21 goals and 25 points in just 59 games. Given the right teammates to complement his skills, he could become a top-tier forward.

On the other hand, while Peeke's stats might not be turning heads yet, it's worth noting the team context he's been playing in. In a system like Calgary's, Peeke has the potential to shine and establish himself as a reliable second-pairing defenseman.

Columbus, on its part, has never been shy about their ambitions to build a rock-solid defense. Their recent acquisitions of Damon Severson and Ivan Provorov, coupled with their draft picks of David Jiricek and Denton Mateychuk (6th and 12th picks of 2022, respectively), highlight their intent to bolster their defensive lines.

Imagine this: With Zach Werenski leading the defensive brigade, introducing Hanifin to the mix could potentially solidify the Blue Jackets' backline for years to come. It's an enticing vision, and one we're eager to see unfold.

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