In case you missed it the Calgary Flames made a late night signing yesterday evening, inking restricted free agent Noah Hanifin to a six year, $29.7 million contract. The recently acquired Hanifin will now earn $4.95 million against the salary cap for the next six seasons.
Check it out:
CortexBusiness Transaction Alert: The Flames have signed defenceman Noah Hanifin to a six-year deal.
The 21 year old former 5th overall pick was acquired by the Flames from the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this offseason in a five player deal that also included fellow defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Suffice it to say, Flames fans are absolutely ecstatic to have Hanifin locked up for the next six years, especially at such a reasonable cap hit. The Boston, MA native looks poised to break out big time in 2018-19 after putting up a career high 10 goals and 32 points in 2018-19.
For Hanifin, the term of the deal was important. Check out some of these quotes:
“It’s a big commitment,’’ said Hanifin. “I know it took a bit of time, was a bit of a process, but I was confident. I knew it’d get done.”
“I wanted to be in Calgary really badly. And obviously with the situation there, it’s been a busy off-season for Brad (Treliving) and the entire staff there.”
“Just really happy it’s finally official. This is a big deal for me and my family.“Great organization. Big hockey town. And, I think, a heckuva hockey team.”
“I wanted to be there for a long time. There’s a really bright future and I want to be a part of it for the long run.”
“That’s really important to me. I just want to get to work now.”
With Hanifin’s new deal in his back pocket, Flames GM Brad Treliving’s roster makeover of his team seems complete. Along with Hanifin, Treliving acquired young forward Elias Lindholm in the same trade and has inked him to a long term deal, as well. Treliving bought out veteran Troy Brouwer and let free agents Kris Versteeg and Matt Stajan walk via free agency. Small tweaks that could have a big impact on the ice for the Flames in 2018-19. Of course, the biggest change for the team comes behind bench with new head coach Bill Peters, also formerly of the Hurricanes. Go Canes! Er... I mean, Flames!