A frustrated Jacob Markstrom reacts to failed trade, takes shot at Flames!

It’s been reported that now, the goalie is likely to stay put in Calgary.

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A frustrated Jacob Markstrom reacts to failed trade, takes shot at Flames!

The Calgary Flames have been involved in most trade rumours this season, and with the deadline just one week away, the pressure is getting to players in the dressing room.

Nikita Zadorov, Elias Lindholm and Chris Tanev have all been shipped out, and rumours are still sticking to defenseman Noah Hanifin and goalie Jacob Markstrom. The latter in fact came close to be traded to the New Jersey Devils, when it was reported that a deal fell through in the last moments a few weeks ago.

When asked about the impact the trade talks have had on him and his focus on the game as he attempts to keep the Flames in a fight for a playoff spot, Markstrom confided in Sportsnet’s Eric Francis that he’s been unhappy with the situation, even taking a shot at Flames’ management.

“Everyone in here I really respect everything that’s been going on, and not going on, and how everyone in this room has handled everything. I think it’s been really good. And then the whole situation and everything, am I happy about that? No I’m not. I think it could have been handled a lot different from up top.”

Flames GM Craig Conroy is in a tough spot since he probably does not want to move his MVP goalie with his team attempting to make it to the postseason. Insider Pierre LeBrun believes the Devils have once again contacted Calgary to strike a deal on Markstrom, saying:

“I believe the Devils are now willing to make that trade without the Flames having to retain salary, which was a sticking point last time around (or at least the asset cost on retaining salary was). But even with the Devils offering to take on all of Markstrom’s contract, which pays him $6 million per year through the 2025-26 season, I think it’s still a tough trade to contemplate for Flames GM Craig Conroy.”

Markstrom is expected to be the starter tomorrow night, as the Flames will search for their fifth straight win in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Markstrom’s frustration could get in the way… Let’s hope that he stays focused on what he is here for, which is staying strong in between the pipes to provide Calgary with the best shot at a spot in the postseason.

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