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Major trade about to materialize?

Published January 16, 2024 at 3:57 PM

As we approach the trade deadline, the rumors of potential trades are becoming more abundant. While there are many swirling around the Montreal Canadiens, the Calgary Flames seem to be in an even more precarious position.

They reportedly have as many as four highly coveted players on the market, three of whom will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the current season.

These players include forward Elias Lindholm and defensemen Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin. However, it's a player signed until 2026 who is garnering the most attention.

Unless there's a surprise, goaltender Jacob Markstrom is expected to be traded by March 8th. The Flames have called up the promising prospect Dustin Wolf, perceived as the potential next best goaltender in the world.

The announcement followed Markstrom's injury, and he is listed as day-to-day. However, the timing appears ideal for a trade, giving Wolf the opportunity to take the spotlight.

Selected in the 7th round in 2019, Wolf is considered a steal for the organization. He boasts an impressive record of 16-6-1 since the start of the season, with a 2.27 goals-against average and a save percentage of 0.929. Quite solid!

According to some analysts and observers, he shouldn't be sent back to the minors. It's a situation worth following, but don't be surprised if Markstrom is traded in the coming days. He would instantly bolster a team in need. Rumors suggest Markstrom could be traded to Edmonton or New Jersey.

January 16   |   442 answers
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