It’s always tough leaving friends behind, even if your profession at times requires it.
Noah Hanifin did that, after the defenseman was traded in June from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Calgary Flames. Hanifin and Brett Pesce were tight, and Hanifin was close with others in the Canes’ young defensive corps.
“You form really good bonds with guys and then you never know,” Hanifin said Monday. “Some day you get traded or moved. That’s the tough part of the business.”
They’ve gone their separate ways this season, in different conferences, never bumping heads, but that will change Tuesday. The Canes, in the second game of their Canadian road trip, face the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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off their 7-4 win Sunday over the Edmonton Oilers. As for the Flames (32-13-5), they’re streaky good, going 10-1-2 since Christmas, leading the Pacific Division and holding the best record in the Western Conference.
Bill Peters, in four years as the Hurricanes coach, never reached the Stanley Cup playoffs — one reason he’s no longer with the Hurricanes. But he has the Flames well on their way in his first year in Calgary and has done it with three of his former Carolina players — Hanifin and forwards Elias Lindholm and Derek Ryan.
“It’s been different for sure,” Hanifin said in an interview. “Obviously playing in Canada and being in a different division and all that, new team, new players, it has been a big change but it’s gone smoothly. It’s been awesome.