NHL Rumors: Could Flames & Sabres Strike A Deal This Summer?

As the NHL offseason draws closer, attention has been turned to rumors surrounding a potential blockbuster trade between the Buffalo Sabres and the Calgary Flames, with goaltender Jacob Markstrom as the focal point, as put forward by Rob Ellis.

The Sabres, plagued by a decade-long playoff drought and persistent goaltending woes, are reportedly eyeing Markstrom as a transformative solution to solidify their netminding.

That being said, the Sabres already have impressive young talent in Devon Levi and Ukko Pekka-Luukkonen. However, with two more years remaining on Markstrom's contract, bringing in the 14-year veteran netminder, and two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, could be a valuable presence for Buffalo's up-and-coming goalies.

Conversely, the Flames, fresh off a disappointing season, seem poised for a strategic overhaul, with the departure of Markstrom to kickstart a rebuilding phase all but guaranteed at this point.

Over 45 games played this season, the 34-year-old holds a .906 SV%, 2.74 GAA, two shutouts, and a 23-20-2 record.

In this speculated trade scenario, Buffalo aims to acquire Markstrom's established reliability in goal, viewing him as a catalyst to revitalize their playoff aspirations, while the Flames would acquire promising prospect Juri Kulich and future draft picks.

Over two seasons, with the Rochester Americans, Kulich has 45 goals and 39 assists for 84 total points across 112 games played.

He was the 28th overall selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports