Flames claim defenceman Joel Hanley off waivers from Dallas Stars

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The Calgary Flames have added a depth defenceman via the waiver wire.

On Tuesday, the Flames claimed Joel Hanley from the Dallas Stars.

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Hanley, 32, has appeared in 183 career games at the NHL level. In 32 appearances this season with the Stars, the veteran left-hander had contributed three points, all assists.

“Joel is a veteran player who brings high character and compete to our roster while also adding to our leadership group,” said Flames general manager Craig Conroy. “We view him as an NHL player who plays with a defence-first mentality and has good pace and mobility to his game.”

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He was deemed the odd man out in Dallas after the trade for Chris Tanev last week. He provides some additional blue-line depth for the Flames, who already bid farewell to Tanev and are expected to trade away Noah Hanifin before Friday’s 1 p.m. MT deadline.

Joel Hanley takes down Calgary Flames forward Blake Coleman during the first round of the 2022 playoffs in Dallas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

After Hanley was waived Monday, Stars coach Peter DeBoer offered high praise, telling reporters in Dallas: “I don’t think anyone has been a better soldier around here in my time here.”

“I think he’s an NHL player,” DeBoer added. “You always hope he can stay in the NHL. If that means it’s somewhere else, it’s somewhere else. That’s a chance we have to take.”

Hanley is listed at 5-foot-11 and 186 lb. He is signed through the end of the 2024-25 campaign at an annual cap hit of US$787,500.

To clear a spot for Hanley on the active roster, the Flames moved rookie standout Connor Zary (upper body) to injured reserve.

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