Hanifin is a restricted free agent in need of a new contract and he told Dan Rosen of NHL.com a deal is “super close” and that he hopes to sign for at least five years.
“I think it’s a great organization, they have a bright future and I want to be there for a long time, but we’ll see what happens,” Hanifin said. “Anything is a possibility.”
Flames general manager Brad Treliving told Rosen in a text message that he is “looking forward to getting it done soon” and that the Flames are “very excited to have Noah.”
The 21-year-old was acquired by the Flames, along with Elias Lindholm, from the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this summer in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox. The Flames and Lindholm came to terms on a six-year, $29.1-million deal in mid-July.
Hanifin, the fifth-overall pick from 2015, set a career high with 10 goals and 32 points in 2017-18, his third NHL season, but he sees an opportunity to take his game to the next level with the Flames.
“I want to be one of the best defencemen in the league and I definitely have the potential to do that,” Hanifin added. “This year I’m going to have a little bit bigger of a role and play some more minutes. I obviously have to earn [more ice time], but if I do that, it’s going to help me a lot. I think I’m ready for that next step. I think it’s going to work out well.”