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Devils Land Goaltender Jacob Markstrom from Flames in Big Trade

The New Jersey Devils have made a significant move to bolster their goaltending, acquiring veteran Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames.

The New Jersey Devils have made a significant move to bolster their goaltending, acquiring veteran Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames. In return, the Flames receive 23-year-old defenseman Kevin Bahl and a first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. This pick is top-10 protected. The announcement was made by the Devils’ President and General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Calgary has agreed to retain 31.25% of Markstrom’s remaining contract, reducing his cap hit to $4.125 million for the Devils. This move comes after Markstrom waived his no-trade clause, facilitating the deal.

Markstrom, 34, brings a wealth of experience to New Jersey, having spent parts of the last four seasons with Calgary. He posted a 23-23-2 record this past season, with a .905 save percentage, a 2.78 goals-against average, and two shutouts in 48 games. His career highlights include a standout 2021-22 season where he recorded 37 wins, a 2.22 GAA, a .922 save percentage, and nine shutouts, earning him second place in Vezina Trophy voting. The Devils were looking for durability and reliability. Markstrom is certainly that.

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Markstrom’s journey in the NHL began with the Florida Panthers, followed by a significant stint with the Vancouver Canucks, where he was named an NHL All-Star in 2020. He signed a six-year, $36 million contract with Calgary in October 2020.

The acquisition of Markstrom signals New Jersey’s commitment to improving a major area of concern and filling a big hole. His experience and proven track record make him a valuable addition to the Devils’ lineup.

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