Report: Leafs came up short in Markstrom trade negotiations
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Report: Leafs came up short in Markstrom trade negotiations

The inside details of a failed trade to Toronto from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman.

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In case you missed it yesterday, the Calgary Flames shipped veteran goaltender Jacob Markstrom to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 1st round pick and big defenseman Kevin Bahl.

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While the rumors of a Markstrom trade to New Jersey have been swirling for months now, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reports that the Devils had to outbid a number of suitors to acquire the Swedish goaltender.

In particular, Friedman reports that Markstrom (who holds a no-trade clause) allowed the Flames to 'expand their search' for a trade partner and that's when the Devils stepped up to get the deal done. Friedman reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators both fell short of the Flames' ask. 

From Friedman on today's episode of The Jeff Marek Show:

While we don't know what Leafs GM Brad Treliving offered up in a trade, we do know that it didn't exceed the price that the Devils paid. If I'm a Leafs fan, I'm not happy with that information. For the small price of a top draft pick and a depth defenseman the Leafs could have finally, mercifully plugged their hole in goal.

Source: Elliotte Friedman