Report: Flames "Exploring Market" For Goalie On Trade Block

Jacob Markstrom is back as the Calgary Flames' starter in goal, while Dustin Wolf has returned to doing what he does in the AHL — dominating. So where does that leave Flames' backup Dan Vladar?

According to the insiders at The Fourth Period — on the trade block, once again.

According to separate sources, the Flames have engaged in discussions with some teams about the availability of goalie Dan Vladar, and while they are only in the exploratory stage, those conversations are expected to continue this week.

After reports suggested that the Flames were asking too high of a price for the backup during summer trade talks, they are once again exploring the market to try to find a deal for Vladar, who has registered a 2.82 GAA and .900 save percentage in his three seasons as an NHL backup between the pipes.

We reported earlier Tuesday on one team that might be getting antsy about their goaltending this season already, and could be checking in on the Flames, and no doubt there are other teams that could have interest in Vladar as well.

The 26-year-old comes with an affordable price tag, as he has one more year left on his contract after this one, with a $2.2M cap hit.

If a deal is finally consummated, Wolf will get his long-deserved call-up, as he's done all that he can do in the AHL, winning the league MVP last season, along with the league's Outstanding Goaltender honors the past two years.

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