Jacob Markstrom trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly fell apart

Graham Montgomery
June 22, 2024  (9:53 PM)

Former Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom addressing the media during his end of season exit interview
Photo credit: Calgary Flames

The Toronto Maple Leafs could have gotten Jacob Markstrom in a trade with the Calgary Flames this summer, but it seems that petty politics got in the way.

It has been known for some time now that Markstrom was looking to leave the Flames. He went so far as to request a trade from the team last season, and while it sounded like he was as good as gone, the deal never came. At the time, he was linked to the New Jersey Devils, and that seems to have followed him to this summer, as it was the Devils who ultimately acquired the veteran netminder.
❌ Marks the spot.

Welcome to Jersey, Jacob!

Going back to Calgary was young defenseman Kevin Bahl and the Devils' 1st round pick in 2025. The Flames also agreed to retain 30% of Markstrom's salary to make the deal work.
Trade Details:

To #njdevils: G Jacob Markstrom
To #Flames: NJD 2025 1st Round Pick*, D Kevin Bahl

#Flames are retaining 30% on Markstrom, knocking Markstrom down to $4 mil AAV. CGY avoids July 1 SB.

*Pick is Top 10 protected.
Markstrom waived his 'no-trade' clause.

According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a similar offer on the table for Markstrom. One could imagine that deal probably looked something like a 1st round pick and perhaps a player like Timothy Liljegren. However, the Flames picked New Jersey's offer, likely because they did not want to trade with their own former GM in Brad Treliving.
The Leafs' reported offer for now-Devils goalie Jacob Markstrom was comparable to the one the Devils made, but due to ‘politics,' the Leafs' offer had to have been way better than anyone else's to get a deal done.

[via: @FriedgeHNIC]


This is not that surprising. After all, the Leafs were also reportedly interested in Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov last season, but they lost out on both of those players too. As such, it seems like the Leafs will not be completing a trade with the Flames anytime soon.
Source: HockeyPatrol
Elliotte Friedman reveals why Jacob Markstrom trade to the Leafs collapsed
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