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Trade rumors swirl as the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils re-ignite discussions about a Jacob Markstrom trade. Will a deal finally happen? Find out the latest here.

The NHL offseason rumor mill is chugging along, and it appears that trade talks between the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils regarding goaltender Jacob Markstrom are back on.

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

Markstrom Trade Talks Back On: Devils Remain Top Suitor for Flames Goalie

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

The Flames, however, are not limiting their options to the Devils. According to LeBrun, multiple teams have expressed interest in Markstrom. This competitive landscape allows the Flames to leverage their position, potentially driving up the asking price for the veteran netminder.

The primary hurdle to a deal appears to be the trade compensation. A difference of opinion remains between the Flames and potential suitors regarding the return for Markstrom. Calgary seems prepared to exercise patience, waiting for a team to meet their valuation of the 34-year-old goaltender.

With Markstrom’s contract carrying a $6 million cap hit 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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