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.
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.
AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…
The San Jose Sharks traded for former Minnesota Wild defenseman Calen Addison on Wednesday…
Former Wild teammates Kaapo Kahkonen and Nico Sturm are excited to welcome him to the Shark Tank.
There is turmoil brewing in the San Jose Sharks locker room… over music.
An ex-Jr. Sharks coach Kevin Whitmer was arrested for sexual assault on a minor.
The San Jose Sharks locker room was all smiles after finally snapping its 11-game losing streak to start the year.
OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
Sharks prospect Luca Cagnoni is killing it in the Dub.
Sharks prospect Luca Cagnoni posted his third multi-point effort in his last four games with a goal and four assists in last night's contest against Kamloops.
The 2023 fourth-round pick is now second among WHL defensemen in scoring with 24 points (3g, 21) in 14 games. https://t.co/BgxXe7V8gu
— San Jose Sharks PR (@SanJoseSharksPR) November 9, 2023
Going to start getting some action here! https://t.co/Rb1cMIBUOk
— JD Young (@MyFryHole) November 9, 2023
Addison is switching from No. 2 to No. 33 on the Sharks.
Introducing No. 33 for the San Jose Sharks…Calen Addison! pic.twitter.com/8pzU1uEvSJ
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 9, 2023
AROUND THE NHL…
Body camera footage leaked of former Arizona Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk cursing out Scottsdale Police officers. Trigger warning, there’s some not-so-nice language in there
Florida Panthers players and coach Paul Maurice opened up to FHN on their stance regarding neck and wrist protection in hockey.
New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin and Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark are two of the league’s best goaltenders, but they are vastly different.
Speaking of Linus Ullmark, NHL sources believe the reigning Vezina Trophy winner is not going anywhere despite the emergence of Jeremy Swayman.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have one of the league’s most star-studded top power play units, but it’s their second unit that has really been creating chances for them.
Welcome Jonathan Bailey of Philly Hockey Now to the National Hockey Now family. Be sure to keep up with him and the PHN crew for updates on the Philadelphia Flyers.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi shared tidbits on his love for Star Wars in an interview with ESPN.
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