Friedman examines Hanifin contract situation

It’s been two months since the Calgary Flames acquired Noah Hanifin from the Carolina Hurricanes, but the defenseman is still without a contract as September nears.

The Flames landed Hanifin and Elias Lindholm via a June 23 trade, surrendering Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland, and Adam Fox.

During a Thursday afternoon radio appearance on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, Elliotte Friedman was asked whether he thought Hanifin and the Flames would opt for a bridge deal or a longer-term contract.

“Well, I think if you look at your general manager’s history, your general manager’s history is to do term, right,” began Friedman. “He likes term. I think that if you look at it, it’ll probably save you guys a lot of money. If you look at what Gaudreau signed for, look where we are now.”

Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames agreed to a six-year, $40.5 million contract in October of 2016, which carries a cap hit of $6.75 million.

“I had one person I talked to who thought the Lindolm one was high, but I had a lot of people who told me they understand what he was doing and he was making a gamble,” continued Friedman. “And his gambles have worked out for him, at least in most cases, with his contracts - especially for the second contracts of a lot of players.”

Brad Treliving inked Lindholm to a six-year, $29.1 million contract July 16, and that pact carries a $4.85 million cap hit.

“So my guess is he’s probably looking to do term with him, but I’m sure that - the one thing about Hanifin right now is if you’re buying term, and they did it to some degree with Lindholm, you’re buying a lot of potential,” noted Friedman. “There aren’t a ton of numbers there. So I think that’s always a tougher one for a team to do.

“I would bet that Treliving wants to go term because that’s his history.”  

Hanifin, 21, is a restricted free agent.