It looks as though Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin is on the verge of leaving Alberta, having allegedly reconsidered a long-term extension with the team.
Could the Boston Bruins come calling? According to everyone's favorite hockey analyst Pierre McGuire, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has been high on Hanifin for a while now, and that the Flames and Bruins are perfect dance partners.
“When you talk about the potential for trading, there’s one team I think that fits the model for Calgary to have a marriage and a dance partner – and I’m sure there’s more than one – but I’m thinking out loud here, the Boston Bruins,” McGuire said. “For whatever reason, they have always had a liking for Noah Hanifin. He went to high school at St. Sebastian’s School in Boston; he played at Boston College. No team in the National Hockey League scouts the ISL, the Independent School League, harder or better than the Boston Bruins. No team in the NHL scouts Boston College harder or better than the Boston Bruins.
So they know the body of work of Noah Hanifin as well or better than anybody, and where does Noah Hanifin go at the end of every season? Back to Boston. So, if you’re asking me, nobody’s told me, nobody’s told you, but I could see a marriage and a dance partner with Boston and Calgary.”
In McGuire's mind, the sooner, the better.
“I don’t know if the value for potential UFA’s goes up in March or not; that’s a marketplace decision that nobody can predict at this point,” McGuire pointed out. “So what I would say in this situation, it’s probably better to try and generate marketplace before other people do, and the way you do that is, you send out messages around the league through your scouts that are on the road or your coaching staff that’s dealing with other teams’ coaching staffs, and you can create a marketplace, and if you can create the right marketplace, there’s no time limit. The sooner you can get it done is probably the better, depending on what you have in terms of offers.”