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Calgary Number One Defenceman Linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs


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Julien Trekker
September 3, 2023  (10:27)
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During the offseason, the Toronto Maple Leafs have focused on bolstering their lineup around their key players. They've added talents like Tyler Bertuzzi, Max Domi, and John Klingberg to the roster. General Manager Brad Treliving's next potential move might involve a familiar face.

Revisiting Past Connections?

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After serving as the General Manager for the Calgary Flames, Brad Treliving has taken the helm at the Maple Leafs. He had a reputation for constructing tough, difficult-to-play-against squads in Calgary. It looks like he might be reaching out to a former player to add that same quality to the Leafs.
Defenceman Noah Hanifin, 26, is entering the final year of his contract with the Flames. He embodies what the Leafs are seeking for their next impactful addition. Last season, Hanifin posted 38 points, blocked 129 shots, and registered 76 hits while averaging 22:39 minutes per game.
Hanifin is an imposing yet agile defenceman who can contribute offensively when needed. He's demonstrated versatility in defensive roles and an ability to handle significant ice time. Furthermore, he's entering the peak years of his career, making him an excellent fit with the Leafs' core group.

Hanifin in Toronto?

Given that Noah Hanifin is a young, high-ice-time defenceman, he commands a high value. His impending free agency could make a trade more feasible as the season progresses. This suggests that a deadline deal might be easier to negotiate than an immediate trade.
William Nylander is frequently mentioned as a likely asset going the other way in any deal for Hanifin, mostly due to his contract. However, Toronto also possesses a few draft picks and up-and-coming prospects that could be attractive enough for Calgary to make the trade.
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