Speculation of a Bruins-Flames Trade Loses Steam

Published September 17, 2023 at 7:35
Over the summer, the NHL trade rumor mill was abuzz with the possibility of a trade deal between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames. However, recent developments are casting doubt on the likelihood of such a trade taking place.

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney had expressed interest in Flames center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin. However, it seems that the Bruins may lack the necessary first-round draft picks and top prospects typically needed for a significant trade. This could mean that any potential trade might involve giving up a key player from their roster, along with prospects like Fabian Lysell or Mason Lohrei.

On the other side of the trade discussions, both Lindholm and Hanifin, who are potential unrestricted free agents in 2024, have shown a willingness to consider contract extensions with the Flames.

Lindholm voiced his affinity for Calgary, stating, "I love it here. I love Canada as a country and Calgary as a city. Ever since I've got here, it's been great, fans have been good, everyone's treated me well, great teammates."

Flames General Manager Craig Conroy has also expressed interest in keeping Lindholm, who is entering the final year of his contract.

As for Noah Hanifin, he indicated a desire to assess the Flames' performance in the upcoming season before making a decision about a contract extension. He mentioned, "I just wanted to see how this year played out a little bit and take my time a little bit."

While trade rumors had been swirling, it appears that Lindholm and Hanifin are open to the possibility of remaining in Calgary. This could reduce the likelihood of a major trade between the Bruins and Flames in the near future.

Source: Bostonhockeynow
September 17   |   112 answers
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