Insider Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the New Jersey Devils have engaged with the Calgary Flames about the possibility of acquiring goalie Jacob Markstrom. New Jersey Now’s James Nichols has the story of the Devils goaltending problems.
Eastern Conference general managers, including Detroit Red Wings, must be concerned about the potential deal because the Devils are a quality team that could receive a lift from Markstrom or another proven goalie acquisition. They have the talent to string together wins.
Markstrom does have a no-trade clause in his contract. It’s unknown whether he has agreed to play in New Jersey.
The Devils were expected to compete for the Metropolitan Division title this season, but numerous injured players (including Dougie Hamilton and Jack Hughes) have undermined their progress. In addition, the Devils goaltending underlying goalie numbers have been at the bottom of NHL goalies.
Despite their issues, the Devils are still only six points out of one of the wild card positions currently owned by the surging Red Wings.
Jacob Markstrom tries shooting the puck into the empty net. But he turns it over and it leads to an Islanders goal.
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Red Wings In Case You Missed
- Thanks to Jake Walman, the Red Wings pull off another come-from-behind win, this one coming against the NHL’s top team.
- Lucas Raymond took a tough to blowthe head, but came back to play in the game. Nikita Zadorov was suspended for the hit.
- Marco Kasper scored a nifty between-the-legs goal to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to their seventh consecutive win on Friday.
- How will Detroit’s goalie rotation work from here? All we know for sure is for now Alex Lyon will have the net most of the time.
Red Wings Next Game
The Red Wings will practice today in preparation for a four-game Western Conference road trip that starts Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers. The trip will also include games against Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle. After winning 16 in a row, the Oilers have lost two of their last three.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: In a paywall story, columnist Jimmy Murphy wonders if a Phil Kessel signing makes sense for the Boston Bruins.
Chicago: Nate Brown discusses whether former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford should have his number retired.
Florida: Sasha Barkov hasn’t scored in a month, but the Florida Panthers are not concerned.
Montreal: The Montreal Canadiens recalled top forward prospect Joshua Roy from Laval.
Nashville: The Nashville Predators have a surplus of goalies. Nashville Hockey Now looks at what the Predators should do with them.
Philadelphia: Jonathan Bailey explores what the next Travis Konecny contract will look like with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Is this season slipping away from the Pittsburgh Penguins? Dan Kingerski has a quality paywall story about a season on the brink.