The New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames engaged in serious trade conversation about goaltender Jacob Markstrom, a report states.
The Flames were in Newark on Thursday to face the Devils at the Prudential Center. According to Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman, general managers Tom Fitzgerald and Craig Conroy had legitimate conversations regarding a trade for the 34-year-old netminder.
“From what I understand, the two teams are not commenting,” Friedman stated on Saturday Headlines. “In the lead-up to that game, the two teams had legit conversations about the Calgary goalie. There are a couple of things I want to make clear here. No.1, I don’t know that this ever was taken to Markstrom. So, I don’t know if he ever got involved. But, I do think the two teams talked about this quite seriously and I think there were a couple of issues. One, of course, was the package it would take to get him and the other was retention. Now, is it still possible? I just heard it’s really tough to do, really difficult, and it stopped in its tracks. But, the two sides did talk, I believe there were some serious conversations, and we’ll see if it picks up. Although, it just sounds today like it’s unlikely.”
So there you have it. Fitzgerald is, in fact, looking for ways to upgrade the Devils’ goaltending. However, as Friedman states, it looks like Markstrom won’t be the answer, at least right now.
There’s plenty of time for things to change as the NHL Trade Deadline is just under a month away. We already know Markstrom is willing to waive his no-move clause. It’s also been reported he’s interested in doing so specifically for the Devils. However, unless the Devils and Flames can come to terms on a package both sides are comfortable with, it’s all talk for now.