Jacob Markstrom Trade rumors heat up: Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils return to action

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Trade rumors are swirling as the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils reignite discussions about a Jacob Markstrom trade. Will there finally be a deal? Discover the latest news here.

The NHL offseason rumor mill is chugging along and it looks like trade talks between the Calgary Flames and the New Jersey Devils for goaltender Jacob Markstrom are back in session.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun has reported that the two teams have resumed talks that nearly culminated in a deal before the March trade deadline.

Markstrom trade talks have restarted: Devils remain top suitor for Flames goaltender

Although initial talks fell through, LeBrun suggests the Devils’ interest in Markstrom has not waned. Crucially, Markstrom, who has a full no-movement clause, is reportedly open to a move to New Jersey. This willingness could be an important factor in facilitating a potential trade.

However, the Flames aren’t limiting their options to the Devils. According to LeBrun, several teams have shown interest in Markstrom. This competitive landscape allows the Flames to leverage their position, potentially driving up the asking price for the veteran netminder.

The main obstacle to a deal appears to be trade compensation. There remains a disagreement between the Flames and potential suitors over Markstrom’s return. Calgary appears willing to be patient as they wait for a team to live up to their appreciation for the 34-year-old goaltender.

With Markstrom’s contract capped at $6 million through the 2025-26 season, the financial implications of any trade will be significant for both the Flames and the acquiring team. It remains to be seen whether the Devils, or any other interested party, will be willing to meet the Flames’ demands for a player of Markstrom’s caliber and experience.

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