REPORT: Calgary Flames Defenseman Only Interested In One Landing Spot

Published December 6, 2023 at 4:15 PM

Calgary Flames Defenseman Only Interested In Playing With The Boston Bruins

Recent rumors about a potential trade involving Noah Hanifin have resurfaced, with insiders suggesting that the Calgary Flames may face challenges in finding a suitable deal. According Renaud Lavoie who is a trusted hockey insider from TVA, Hanifin's impending unrestricted free agency may scare away interested teams due to his strong preference for the Boston Bruins.

Hanifin is a Boston native who spent a year playing for Boston College in the NCAA which explains his desire to play with the Bruins. This makes other teams hesitant to pursue the defenseman and creates a complex situation for potential trades.

The thing with Hanifin is, he's been on the market, if I'm not mistaken, for the last two years. But the problem is, everyone knows that he wants to play for the (Boston) Bruins. So, no one's ready to make that move, because that connection with the Bruins is there. It kind of handcuffs everyone, because they all know that at one point he'll sign with (Boston). So it's a tricky situation for him.

The connection between Hanifin and the Bruins dates back to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft when Bruins GM Don Sweeney attempted to trade up to acquire him. He ended up being selected by the Carolina Hurricanes 5th overall but the interest from the Bruins has persisted over the years. Sources indicate that there is a strong belief in the hockey world that the Bruins will eventually secure Hanifin.

Hanifin is 26 years old and is enjoying a successful season with 12 points in 24 games. He has been logging significant ice time and averaging a career-high 22 minutes and 53 seconds per night.

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REPORT: Calgary Flames Defenseman Only Interested In One Landing Spot

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