Barn Burner: There is still ‘a small chance’ that the Calgary Flames re-sign Noah Hanifin

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Justin Mackenzie
4 months ago
On Tuesday’s episode of Barn Burner, Boomer, Pinder, and Rhett gave their thoughts on Ryan Leslie’s comments during Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Seattle Kraken surrounding Noah Hanifin.
This comes on the back of the complications Flames GM Craig Conroy has had in trading Hanifin, which the fellas had Frank Seravalli on to provide some clarity on during Monday’s show.
Now, this isn’t the first time the club have taken a shot at keeping Noah Hanifin on their roster as Pierre LeBrun reported that the Flames offered the pending UFA a contract in the range of eight-years, $60 million back in October.
During the segment, Pinder weighed in on the two options the Flames have as we sit just days away from Friday’s NHL Trade Deadline.
“An example [of a trade] would be a very late-first, a B prospect, and a duster like a number seven [defenceman]. Are you better off committing to the next eight years at eight million – I imagine his number has gone up with a career year – I do agree that he’s worth that. But I think for this team and this part of the life cycle, it doesn’t get you any closer to the cup.”
While Rhett agreed with Pinder on the direction the Flames should be heading, he provided some light on how the recent success of youngsters cracking the lineup could build a solid foundation.
“We don’t agree with [signing Hanifin]. The only thing I would be hopeful on is the kids you have brought up this year have performed admirably. If you can get a couple more of those… There’s worse things to have than Hanifin, Andersson, and Weegar.”
Boomer would go against the grain and is thinking more long term if the two parties were able to strike up a deal before Friday.
“It doesn’t stop one of the young players that you now have from evolving and becoming a top four or a top pairing [defenceman]. It doesn’t stop you drafting someone… I just don’t think it’s that bad to try… You’re also not signing Hanifin for eight years thinking only about next year. It’s an eight year deal. You’re thinking this is a guy who for the next eight years will be worth somewhere in the neigbourhood of this money… and he’ll fit somewhere in this top four.”
Hanifin will travel with the team down south for a Florida swing against the Lightning and Panthers, both teams that have expressed interest in the Flames defenceman. Whether he will finish the trip with the team remains to be seen.
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