There’s been a lots of talk surrounding the NHL goaltending trade market over the previous two days. Specifically, speculation associated to a possible trade that would have seen Jacob Markstrom go to the New Jersey Devils developed a stir, however the trade talks passed away. Now, more details is emerging, consisting of reports that Markstrom was asked to waive his no-trade stipulation and did so, authorizing the offer.
Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald‘s determination to bolster his team has been evident. The Devils have been linked to several potential trades, Markstrom perhaps being the biggest. Recent reports unveiled serious trade discussions between the two teams, indicating a potential significant upgrade for New Jersey. However, despite Markstrom’s determination to sign up with the Devils, the offer eventually collapsed, and he stays with Calgary.
Insider Frank Seravalli from Daily Faceoff clarified the behind-the-scenes advancements, mentioning that the Flames had actually approached Markstrom about waiving his no-move stipulation for the designated offer. He discussed:
“I think the Devils and Flames were pretty far down the track on a Markstrom deal. I think it did get to his level to approve it, there were no issues there. Somehow along the way, that trade was scuttled. Don’t know how and don’t know why. But, they were pretty close to nailing it down. You would have seen Jacob Markstrom become a New Jersey Devil, I think at some point last week.”
While Seravalli wasn’t sure why the offer broke down, another expert shed some light on that circumstance. Elliotte Friedman likewise connected the Devils and Flames in trade talks over Markstrom. He recommended the offer broke down, with the stumbling block seeming Calgary’s hesitation to maintain income on Markstrom’s $6 million cap hit. They wished to get his cap struck down a touch. The Flames felt they might move the gamer without handling cash.
So Now What for the Devils and Flames?
Seravalli revealed uncertainty about the 2 sides reviewing the offer. That implies the Devils will likely need to carry on to another target with Juusa Saros’ name out there. Meanwhile, if the Flames wish to move Markstrom, might they require to reassess the concept of keeping income on the gamer? The Flames will ultimately require to make a goaltending choice. They have Dustin Wolf turning up through the system.
For the Devils, Plan B is now in the works. Getting that close on Markstrom has most likely just lit a fire under Fitzgerald to make a relocation. Seravalli states the Devils are trying to find a gamer who isn’t a leasing. Kevin Weekes is reporting: In addition to @NHLFlames G Markstrom, the @NJDevils have had an interest in @BlueJacketsNHL G [Elvis] Merzlikins too. They stay on the hunt searching for assistance in Goal, curious to see where this winds up here in The Garden State.”
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