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Flyers Help Golden Knights in Noah Hanifin Trade



Noah Hanifin trade
The Vegas Golden Knights pulled off the Noah Hanifin trade with a little bit of help from the Philadelphia Flyers. (Photo: AP)

The 2024 NHL trade deadline is on Friday, right? I guess the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t get the memo, and neither did the Vegas Golden Knights as they finally pulled off the Noah Hanifin trade with the Calgary Flames. With a little bit of help, of course.

The Hanifin trade was completed a few minutes ago, with the Flyers serving as the salary broker to help Hanifin fit under the Golden Knights’ cap with room to spare for – you guessed it – more additions.

The official trade is as follows: Golden Knights acquire Noah Hanifin (Calgary and Philadelphia each retained 50% salary) and the rights to former Flyers forward Mikhail Vorobyov in exchange for a conditional 2025 first-round pick, Daniil Miromanov, and a conditional 2024 third-round pick. The Flyers receive a 2024 fifth-round pick for helping out after losing a 2026 fifth-round pick in the Sean Walker trade.

As for conditions, the 2024 third-round pick will become a 2025 second-round pick if the Golden Knights win a playoff round this year, and the 2025 first-round pick becomes a 2026 first-round pick if the Golden Knights decide to trade their 2025 first-round pick before the deadline OR it becomes a top-1o pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. Got all of that?

Effectively, the Flyers helped the Golden Knights save enough cap space to make another big addition, and Vegas also managed to keep their 2025 first-round pick if they want to use it to make that addition happen.

The Flyers did have to throw in the rights to Vorobyov, who hasn’t played in North America since the 2019-20 season. He’s been in the KHL for the last four seasons and was even left in SKA St. Petersburg’s lineup at the expense of Matvei Michkov, who was eventually loaned to HC Sochi a short time later.

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