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NHL trade rumors suggest the Toronto Maple Leafs may pursue a trade for Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom. pen_spark

Whispers around the NHL are growing louder, suggesting the Toronto Maple Leafs are eyeing a potential blockbuster trade for Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

The NHL rumor mill kicked into high gear when NHL insider Elliotte Friedman speculated on his 32 Thoughts podcast that the Leafs may be seriously considering a reunion between Markstrom and Leafs GM Brad Treliving.

Maple Leafs and Flames Brewing a Markstrom Trade?

The connection is undeniable. Treliving was the architect behind Markstrom’s arrival in Calgary. During their time together, Markstrom showcased his elite potential, earning a Vezina Trophy nomination and backstopping the Flames to a division title.

The Leafs’ goaltending situation has been a subject of much debate. While Ilya Samsonov has performed well, there are concerns about his consistency in the playoffs. Joseph Woll has shown promise, but his NHL experience is limited and the injury bug has not been kind to Woll. The potential addition of Markstrom, a proven veteran with playoff experience, would instantly solidify the Leafs’ crease.

The Markstrom-Woll combination is tantalizing on paper. It would provide the Leafs with a reliable 1A-1B tandem capable of handling the rigors of an 82-game season and a deep playoff run. Markstrom’s experience and calming presence could be exactly what the Leafs need to get over the hump and finally break their playoff curse.

Of course, any trade involving Markstrom would come with challenges. His contract, which carries a $6 million cap hit for the next three seasons, is a significant hurdle. The Leafs would likely need the Flames to retain salary or take back a contract in return.

Despite the obstacles, the allure of acquiring a top-tier goaltender like Markstrom is undeniable. The Leafs have been linked to other goalies, including Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators. However, rumors suggest Saros is close to signing a long-term extension with the Predators, leaving Markstrom as a more viable option.

As the offseason unfolds, the Markstrom trade rumors are sure to intensify. If the Leafs can pull off this move, it could be the final piece of the puzzle that propels them to Stanley Cup contention.

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