Report: Jacob Markstrom to be dealt?

Could the Flames goaltender be on the move?



The Calgary Flames have gone through somewhat of an upheaval with a handful of key trades of the likes of Tyler Toffoli and Nikita Zadorov in recent months. Could goaltender Jacob Markstrom be next? 

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, don't be surprised to see Markstrom eventually dealt. He writes:

«To date, [GM Craig] Conroy has not approached Markstrom or his agent Pat Morris about the possibility of waiving his NMC. I'm told that will only happen if the Flames receive an offer they deem acceptable. There is belief out there that Markstrom would consider a trade to a contender, but that has not been confirmed on my end."

Moving Markstrom would be a big move for the Flames, and whoever acquires him would have to believe he is a significant upgrade over their current tandem. He has had an up-and-down season thus far, though he has performed notably better in his last seven starts, going 4-3-0 with one shutout and a .935 save percentage.

It is premature to speculate on what the Flames would consider for Markstrom. There is a sense the team would be willing to retain part of a contract on an expiring deal to maximize a return and help facilitate a trade, though it is unclear if they would be willing to explore that option for a player under contract for a couple more years.

The silly season is around the corner and after yesterday’s Anaheim/Philadelphia trade, people are itching for more. We’ll see how much Calgary gives them between now and the deadline."

Additionally, more fuel has been cast onto a potential Markstrom deal thanks to former NHL goaltender and current analyst Kevin Weekes: 

The Swedish goaltender has two years remaining after this current season on his contract that sees him get paid an AAV of $6 million. 

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