** NHLRumors.com transcription
Martin Biron: “I completely assume that the Flames ought to promote excessive on Jacob Markstrom earlier than the commerce deadline, and I do know which may be an unpopular opinion, particularly in and round Calgary, as a result of the Flames are just one level again of the St. Louis Blues for a wild card spot.
Now let’s take a look at it. St. Louis has two video games in hand. The LA Kings are two factors up on the Calgary Flames, and so they have three in hand, and the Flames are solely on tempo for 85 factors this 12 months. That’s not gonna get it accomplished to get within the playoffs. I do know they will get scorching and get in. Are they actually a Stanley Cup contender?
Clearly, it’s important to take a look at the way forward for the Flames, not simply that this season. They’ve already traded Elias Lindholm. They traded Nikita Zadorov. They’ve Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin, that can most likely be on the transfer. So, for me, in the event you’re going to be this, this rebuild on the fly, your greatest asset to get a return is Jacob Markstrom.
Why? Nicely, he’s obtained two years left at $6 million. That could be a excellent quantity for a goaltender and a primary goaltender that’s taking part in on the degree of Jacob Markstrom proper now. And there’s gonna be groups which are going to be calling and can supply loads in return for Jacob Markstrom.
Now I do know he has a no-movement clause. So, in the end, this can be a moot level, proper? As a result of Jacob Markstrom could say, No, I don’t wish to go anyplace. However let’s put that apart. If the Flames had the chance to maneuver Jacob Markstrom, I feel they’d be getting the largest return, and is the primary goaltender on my checklist. And by far the number-one goaltender on the checklist.
When you take a look at the TSN Commerce Bait Board proper now, Jake Allen, okay. You will have Kappo Kahkonen in San Jose, you could have Marc-Andre Fleury. I don’t assume that any of these goaltenders are on the degree of Jacob Markstrom. So, in the event you want a standout number-one goaltender to make a distinction in your season and to offer you an opportunity to win the Cup, I feel you’re making the decision now.
You even have to take a look at the Flames have Dan Vladar, who has one other 12 months left that 2.2 million after they gave him that two 12 months contract extension. They believed that he may play at a excessive degree. We noticed final 12 months sooner or later within the season when Markstrom was struggling You realize, was it Vladar, was it Markstrom, who was the primary goaltender? Possibly you can provide Vladar just a little bit extra taking part in time down the stretch, and possibly he performs.
And also you clearly have Dustin Wolf, who, in his final three seasons within the AHL, has a .924 save proportion, a .932 save proportion, and a .927 save proportion. He is able to make the soar to the NHL. So, will that make a distinction this season? Most likely not.
But when I’m the Flames, I’m buying and selling Jacob Markstrom, getting the largest return I can on prime of Tanev, on prime of Hanifin and actually begin to rebuild on the fly proper now.
And so that’s the reason I’d promote excessive on Jacob Markstrom and never grasp on to Markstrom and attempt to do one thing at a later date.”