TRADE: Devils Acquire Jacob Markstrom From Flames

The New Jersey Devils are finally getting their star goalie, as they have acquired Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Kevin Bahl and a 2025 first-round pick, which is top 10 protected. The Flames will also retain 31.25% ($1.875 million) of Markstrom's salary. 

The deal was first reported by TSN's Travis Yost. 

The Devils and Flames were very close to completing a deal centering around Markstrom nearing the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline, but the move fell through. Now, just a few months later, the Devils have landed their guy, and they already look significantly better heading into 2024-25.

The Devils desperately needed to improve between the pipes. Their poor goaltending was the primary reason why they missed the playoffs this year. While they added Jake Allen and Kaapo Kahkonen at the trade deadline, neither goalie was the big fish they needed. Markstrom, on the other hand, is just that. 

Markstrom, 34, appeared in 48 games this season with the Flames, where he posted a 23-23-2 record, a 2.78 goals-against average, and a .905 save percentage.

It is important to note that Markstrom never asked to be traded by the Flames. 

This is huge news for the Devils, and they have gotten their offseason started in a big way. It will now be intriguing to see what other moves the Devils make from here, but their fans can rejoice as they finally have gotten their true starter. As for the Flames, they have picked up a promising young defender in Bahl and a first to help their retool. 

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