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SPECULATION: Sharks Asked About Hanifin?



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The San Jose Sharks are clearly on the hunt for defense.

Yesterday, they acquired young blueliner Calen Addison from the Minnesota Wild.

Elliotte Friedman thinks they also inquired about a well-known Calgary Flames defenseman.

“Kinda suspect the Sharks called Calgary about Noah Hanifin,” Friedman wrote in 32 Thoughts yesterday. “Don’t see that as a fit.”

No doubt, the 1-10-1 Sharks could use a minutes-muncher like Hanifin, a playoff-caliber top-four defender who’s 6-foot-3 and has a strong two-way game.

But of course, the 26-year-old pending UFA might have bigger things in mind than playing for a rebuilding franchise. He also has an eight-team No-Trade Clause.

His acquisition cost would also be high, higher than Mike Grier seems to want to pay.

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We’ll see if Hanifin hits free agency. If you see him as the undisputed leader, on and off the ice, of a young D corps, maybe there’s a fit with the Sharks then.

That’s what Sheng suggested in the most recent episode of the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast.


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