Grading the Noah Hanifin Trade

Calgary Flames, Noah Hanifin
Calgary Flames, Noah Hanifin / Leah Hennel/GettyImages

Another Flames trade means it's time for another trade grading here at Flame for Thought, as Calgary
has traded defenceman Noah Hanifin to the Vegas Golden Knights.

In exchange for Hanifin, the Flames received defenceman Daniil Miromanov, a conditional 2025 1st-round pick, and a conditional 2025 3rd-round pick.

Calgary Flames: B+

Flames look to be an immediate Hanifin replacement on the blueline with the return of
Daniil Miromanov.

As he returned from an injury in January, Miromanov has been getting more playing time in the AHL and was pushed down the depth charts in Vegas behind a strong Stanley Cup-winning defensive core.

Miromanov will likely get his chance to see more reps in the NHL, as the Flames have made a ton of changes on the back end this season and will need help on a new-look blueline.

Overall I liked the trade as the Flames picked a conditional 2025 first-round pick and a conditional 2025 third-round pick, with a good chance that the conditions are fulfilled (Upgrades to a second-round pick if Vegas wins one playoff round this postseason).

I would have pushed this grading into A territory if the Flames were able to squeeze a little bit more in the return.

But I'll be giving a B+ on the trade as the Flames got a decent return for a player who had a lot of noise surrounding him and I like how Conroy has been able to move on from his upcoming big-name UFA's.

Vegas Golden Knights: A+

Plain and simple, the Vegas Golden Knights got better with the addition of Hanifin, all while getting him at 75 percent retained salary.

Vegas also got a great deal with what they had to give up and with the the conditions that were added to the picks.

Hanifin will come into Vegas to help on the back end, along with bringing a scoring touch and can lead the scoring from the Blueline (His stats from this season in Calgary shots him to the top of the Vegas defensive scoring list).

Philadelphia Flyers: B

Another three-way deal with a team acting like a broker.

Similar to the Tanev deal with the New Jersey Devils jumping in to retain some salary, the Philadelphia Flyers will hold another 50% of Hanifins's Contract ($1,237,500).

Along with retaining salary the Flyers have traded the signing rights of Mikhail Vorobyov to Vegas in exchange for a 2024 5th-round pick

The Flyers are Picking up a B grading, as it was similar to the Devils' role in the Tanev Trade.