Flames Rumors: Jacob Markstrom finished in Calgary, trade upcoming

After having his name dragged through the trade market throughout last season by GM Craig Conroy, Calgary Flames netminder Jacob Markstrom would apparently prefer to be traded than return to the team for next season.

The 34-year-old netminder has two seasons left on his contract at $6 million average annual value and holds a full no-movement clause. The same NMC he waived to join the New Jersey Devils last season before upper management decided to get in Conroy's way. Markstrom stayed in Calgary and made it known at the time, he wasn't happy with how things were playing out in the media.

Recently Sportsnet radio interviewed a source close to Markstrom, Kevin Woodley had this to say:

There’s a reason his name is out there and it’s not just because it was out there at the trade deadline, it’s out there because I don’t believe he has any intention of playing for the Calgary Flames again.

Markstrom went 23-23-2 last season with a 2.78 GAA and .905 save percentage. The Flames have Daniel Vladar signed and Dustin Wolf ready for more NHL minutes so they'll be looking to either land a top-15 draft pick or a young forward who is NHL ready. The Flames continue to be in a strange transition phase as Conroy hasn't been afraid to make trades. 

Markstrom has been linked to the Kings, Senators, Leafs, and Devils. It's likely, by June 29 when the NHL Draft is over, he'll no longer be a member of the Flames organization.

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