Report: Red Wings willing to acquire and extend veteran blue liner

Not only an acquisition, but a contract extension?



With less than 48 hours remaining until the National Hockey League Trade Deadline of 3:00 PM EST on Friday afternoon, fans of the Detroit Red Wings remain glued to their screens to see whether or not a move will be made by general manager Steve Yzerman. 

Detroit has been linked to a handful of names who are expected to be on the move, including Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel, both of whom are pending free agents after this season comes to a close. 

And according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Red Wings are among the teams who are willing to not only acquire Hanifin, but also offer him a contract extension to ensure he wouldn't be a rental. 

Pagnotta writes

"Several teams have poked around on Hanifin, including the Florida Panthers, Vegas Golden Knights, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, and the longer this goes without a trade to Tampa, the more the competition will to pry him away.

Both Florida and Detroit seem open to contract extensions, as well. I wonder about Lundell here, too, while I am not sure what package the Red Wings could piece together, though Jonatan Berggren is a player the Flames like – but it would take quite a bit more."

A Boston native, Hanifin began his NHL career with the Carolina Hurricanes by whom he was drafted with the 5th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. In the summer of 2018, Hanifin was dealt (along with teammate Elias Lindholm) to Calgary in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland, and then-prospect Adam Fox.

He's scored 11 goals with 24 assists this season for the Flames, along with a +13 rating. 

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