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Jacob Markstrom Traded to New Jersey Devils

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Veteran netminder and 2023-2024 Flames MVP Jacob Markstrom was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday morning for defenceman Kevin Bahl and a top-ten protected 2025 first round draft pick.

The Calgary Flames will retain 31.25% of Markstrom’s cap hit for the next two seasons. The Devils will go into next season with the 34 year old Galve, Sweden product carrying a $4.125M cap hit.

Originally acquired by Jersey in the Taylor Hall exchange, Kevin Bahl, 23, is a big bodied blue liner that will bring some snarl to a Calgary blue line lacking a physical presence.

Weighing in at 6-foot-6 and 229 pounds, Bahl played alongside Brendan Smith on the Devils second defensive pairing at the end of last season. With a healthy Dougie Hamilton, the former Ottawa 67 would likely be pushed down to the third pairing.

Flames General Manager Craig Conroy and Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald nearly reached a deal for Markstrom prior to last season’s trade deadline, only for the deal to fall through in the final stages.

Kevin Bahl has one more year on his contract paying him $1,050,000 per season and will be a restricted free agent next summer. The New Westminster, BC native recorded four goals and 25 assists in 148 games with the Devils over parts of three seasons. The aggressive defensive defenceman put up 127 penalty minutes over that span and showed a willingness to drop the gloves during his time with the Devils with four fights including one post-season bout with Rangers forward Barclay Goodrow.

The Calgary Flames now have $23,199,167 in cap space to use prior to unrestricted free agents hitting the market on July 1. Daniel Vladar and Dustin Wolf are both projected to compete for starts come October.


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