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Bruins Making Hard Push To Acquire Top Defenceman In Sign-And-Trade Deal

Published March 1, 2024 at 10:51

With the NHL trade deadline looming, speculation is rife about potential moves by the Boston Bruins, especially if rumors from insider Nick Kypreos hold true. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the Bruins are aggressively pursuing Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin, aiming to orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal.

Hanifin's recent rejection of a $7.5 million annual offer from the Flames has fueled speculation about his future. Kypreos suggests that the Bruins could entice the Boston native with a hometown discount in a new contract, making him an attractive target for the team.

However, securing Hanifin won't be easy for the Bruins, given the Flames' likely high asking price. With limited draft picks and prospects, Boston faces stiff competition from teams with deeper assets and cap space.

As the trade deadline approaches, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney must weigh his options carefully. While Hanifin's limited 'no-trade' clause could complicate matters, his reported desire to return to Boston could work in the Bruins' favor.

With time ticking away, Sweeney must act decisively to present the most compelling offer to both the Flames and Hanifin. If Kypreos's insights are accurate, the Bruins have a golden opportunity to bolster their defensive lineup with Hanifin's talents, potentially reshaping their roster for the long term.

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Bruins Making Hard Push To Acquire Top Defenceman In Sign-And-Trade Deal

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