The Calgary Flames are certainly not having the start of the season they had hoped for, so many of their players are wondering about their future with the club.
Thus, defender Nikita Zadorov has already requested a trade, if we are based on several rumors circulating on this topic in recent days. Another question to pay attention to is the future of guard Noah Hanifin, who is entering the final year of his six-year contract this season.
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In fact, the former Carolina Hurricanes tight end was close to signing a nearly $60 million contract extension with the Alberta organization, but he turned it down given the team’s situation, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
“Hanifin almost signed a nearly $60 million contract extension last month, but decided to wait and think about a few ideas,” the reporter told TSN on air. (…) The Vatren are in no hurry and have until March 8, the day of the trade deadline, to return these players.
In addition to the aforementioned two players, Zadorov and Hanifa’s assistant on the blue line, Christopher Tanev, and forward Elias Lindholm are also attracting the curiosity of several general managers of the National Hockey League. They will be free agents at the end of this campaign.
Kadri would like to stay, but…
Nazem Kadri sees what is happening now and seems to have sent an ultimatum to his training. The former Colorado Avalanche, with whom he lifted the Stanley Cup, would like to stay in Calgary, but under one condition.
“If this (labor) rebuild becomes more important, we have to start looking at players with (long-term) contracts,” reporter Darren Dreger said during the same show. For example, Nazem Kadri signed a long-term contract as a free agent with the club and wants to stay in Calgary and win games with the Flames. But if the organization decides to start rebuilding, he doesn’t care.”
As a reminder, Kadri agreed to a total salary of $49 million over seven seasons with the Flames in the summer of 2022. He has collected three goals and six assists for nine points in 15 games since the start of this campaign.