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The Bruins are presently leading contenders to obtain the top defensemen available

Published December 9, 2023 at 10:07
BY CHRIST
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Discussions regarding Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin have broadened to involve multiple teams, as the Arizona Coyotes join the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins in the mix. Nevertheless, a fascinating development has emerged during the ongoing negotiations. Speculation suggests that Hanifin may lean towards joining the Bruins, injecting an element of uncertainty for other potential trade partners who might hold off if he's headed to Boston.

Insider Renaud Lavoie from TVA, speaking on Sportsnet radio, highlighted the potential hurdles the Flames might confront in finalizing a trade. The apparent challenge revolves around Hanifin's strong inclination to join the Bruins and secure a long-term contract with the team. If true, this revelation alters his status from a potential long-term asset to a short-term addition, changing the dynamics of the trade scenario.

The Bruins have held an interest in Hanifin dating as far back as 2015. While they might entertain a trade, their willingness to part with significant assets could depend on the likelihood of Hanifin signing with them in the upcoming summer. This raises a crucial question regarding the evaluation of Hanifin's value for the current season's playoff contention.

Source: Bruinsinsider


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