Frustrated Flames Player Calls Out Team Management

Samer Dagher
March 1, 2024  (4:29 PM)

Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin and goaltender Jacob Markstrom
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The Calgary Flames have been at the center of trade rumors this season, and with the deadline just a week away, the pressure is mounting for players in the dressing room.

Frustrated Flames Player Calls Out Team Management

Nikita Zadorov, Elias Lindholm, and Chris Tanev have already been traded, and speculation continues surrounding defenseman Noah Hanifin and goalie Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom, in particular, was close to being traded to the New Jersey Devils, with reports of a deal falling through at the last moment a few weeks ago.
When asked about the impact of trade talks on his focus and the Flames playoff push, Markstrom expressed his unhappiness with the situation, even criticizing Flames management in a conversation with Sportsnet's Eric Francis.
«Everyone in here I really respect everything that's been going on, and not going on, and how everyone in this room has handled everything. I think it's been really good. And then the whole situation and everything, am I happy about that? No I'm not. I think it could have been handled a lot different from up top.»

Flames GM Craig Conroy faces a tough decision, as he likely doesn't want to part ways with his MVP goalie while the team fights for a playoff spot. Insider Pierre LeBrun suggests that the Devils have once again reached out to Calgary about a trade for Markstrom, indicating their willingness to take on his full contract without salary retention, a sticking point in previous discussions.
«I believe the Devils are now willing to make that trade without the Flames having to retain salary, which was a sticking point last time around (or at least the asset cost on retaining salary was). But even with the Devils offering to take on all of Markstrom's contract, which pays him $6 million per year through the 2025-26 season, I think it's still a tough trade to contemplate for Flames GM Craig Conroy.»

Despite the uncertainty, Markstrom is expected to start tomorrow night as the Flames seek their fifth straight win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. While his frustration may be a factor, it's hoped that he remains focused on his role between the pipes to give Calgary the best chance at making the postseason.
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