Could Sweeney be looking to make a move?

Published December 1, 2023 at 11:35

Has the recent NHL trade buzz surrounding the Calgary Flames prompted Boston Bruins' GM Don Sweeney to refocus his attention on Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin?

Earlier this week, it was noted here that Sweeney had resumed his pursuit of a defenseman in the NHL trade market. Given the Bruins' recent defensive struggles, particularly in physicality on the blue line, defending against rushes over the past ten games, and the number of goals conceded in their last five games, speculation arose that Sweeney might have revisited the idea of acquiring 6-foot-6, 248-pound defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

However, if Sweeney was indeed pursuing Zadorov, his efforts seemed futile as on Thursday night, the Flames traded the 29-year-old, a potential unrestricted free agent in 2024, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round draft pick and a 2026 third-round pick.

Earlier during the day, Pierre LeBrun, an NHL insider for TSN and The Athletic, validated previous reports from this month regarding Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin. The reports indicated that Hanifin, who is a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA), had chosen to suspend discussions about a contract extension with the Flames.

"I still expect, for example, Hanifin to get dealt at some point," LeBrun said

According to Jimmy Murphy, from Boshockeynow, an NHL insider familiar with the matter believes "a smart NHL betting move would be to bet on the Bruins being a frontrunner to acquire the former Boston College defenseman that Sweeney tried to trade up to acquire at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and has coveted ever since."

"If I was a betting man, I'd be betting on the Bruins to eventually get Hanifin. I'd be shocked if Boston isn't at the front of the line there," the source said."

Is it possible that upon learning of the conclusion of discussions between the Flames and Hanifin, Sweeney redirected his trade attention back to Hanifin?

Could this be the reason why he was unwilling to offer a return equivalent to what the Flames received from the Canucks for Zadorov?

Source: Bostonhockeynow
December 1   |   257 answers
Could Sweeney be looking to make a move?

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