Noah Hanifin sitting on a stack of money excited about his new contract with the Vegas Golden Knights
Noah Hanifin stays in Vegas! Golden Knights sign defenseman to an 8-year, $58.8 million contract extension.

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to show they mean business, locking down star defenseman Noah Hanifin to a lucrative 8-year contract extension worth $7.35 million annually. This hefty deal includes a full no-trade clause for its first six years and a hefty $29.4 million in signing bonus money distributed throughout the contract.

Hanifin, acquired by the Golden Knights in a mid-season trade with the Calgary Flames, has proved to be a valuable addition to the team’s blue line. His offensive prowess and steady defensive presence will be integral to Vegas’s success. This season alone, he’s racked up 13 goals and 44 points across 77 games with both Calgary and Vegas.

The former 5th overall pick (2015) has quickly become a fan favorite in Vegas. His smooth skating, puck-moving abilities, and booming shot make him a nightmare for opposing forwards. This extension solidifies Hanifin as a core piece of the Golden Knights’ defensive unit for years to come.

Salary Cap Implications

Hanifin’s new contract carries some interesting salary cap implications for Vegas. You can find a full breakdown of his salary structure below. Keeping a star defenseman under contract long-term is a shrewd move by the Golden Knights front office as they continue to build a perennial Stanley Cup contender.

Hanifin salary cap breakdown

24-25, $1M base salary, $8.5M SB
25-26, $1.6M salary, $7.9M SB
26-27, $2M salary, $7.5M SB
27-28, $2M salary, $5.5M SB
28-29, $5.7M salary
29-30, $5.7M salary
30-31, $5.7M salary
31-32, $5.7M salary

6 years full NTC
Last 2 years, modified NTC (15-team list)

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