Flames Rumors: Noah Hanifin Trade Down to 2 Teams

After Chris Tanev was traded to the Dallas Stars and Jacob Markstrom was taken off the trade market, Flames GM Craig Conroy has turned all his attention to dealing defenseman Noah Hanifin. From all accounts, it appears the trade talks are down to two teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.

There's speculation brewing that the Lightning are trying to work a three-way deal to ensure Conroy is happy with his return as Tampa Bay doesn't have a ton of trade assets and not necessarily what the Flames GM is looking for. The Bruins continue to be linked to Hanifin who has made it known he prefers to play in America long term and won't be interested in a long-term future somewhere like Toronto or Vancouver.

Pierre LeBrun of the Athletic has confirmed the Bruins' and Lightning's interest and trade talks continue. Conroy is looking for an NHL roster player, a top prospect and at least a first-round pick for Hanifin. The 27-year-old is a top-pair d-man who makes a great cap hit at just $4.95 million and if the Flames are willing to retain some money in the deal, Conroy's going to get back a significant package, which would include two draft picks instead of one. 

Calgary's close to a playoff spot in the West so Conroy's got a tall task in front of him to try and keep his team competitive down the stretch. Keeping Markstrom in town will help.

Hanifin has recorded 34 points in 59 games this season and has been traded in the past. He holds a eight-team no-trade clause and is looking forward to playing in USA long term. For now, Conroy is just trying to do whatever he can to ensure the Flames get back fair value on the trade market.

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