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Calgary Flames’ Jacob Markstrom moves up and Andrew Mangiapane down on Daily Faceoff’s latest trade targets list

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Ryan Pike
1 month ago
A couple weeks ago, our pal Frank Seravalli over at Daily Faceoff unveiled his first edition of his Trade Targets board. On Thursday, he updated the board as the hockey world inches closer and closer to the 2024 NHL Draft on June 28 & 29 and the opening of free agency on July 1.
A couple Calgary Flames players remain on Seravalli’s board, but they’ve moved. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom was 10th earlier, but has risen to eighth. Meanwhile, winger Andrew Mangiapane was 17th earlier but has dropped to 22nd on the updated board.
The situation surrounding the 34-year-old Markstrom is well-established. He has two seasons left on his current deal with the Flames, carrying with it a $6 million annual cap hit… and a full no-move clause. If Markstrom wants to be a Flame and help the team through their retooling process, he will. He was fairly non-committal about his Flames future during exit interviews in April, and over the past few weeks we’ve seen renewed trade chatter in the media regarding the possibility of him playing elsewhere.
Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman connected Markstrom with the New Jersey Devils – who were reportedly close to acquiring him before the trade deadline in March – as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, while The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun also pondered Markstrom’s future in Calgary.
Needless to say, it’s a unique situation. Markstrom isn’t a typical 34-year-old goaltender, and he’s played two really strong seasons during his prior four seasons with the Flames – he was the Vezina Trophy runner-up in 2021-22 – and you could imagine teams looking at his body of work behind some at times iffy defensive schemes and go “That guy can help my team win.”
On Monday’s edition of Flames Talk on Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Pat Steinberg and Wes Gilbertson did a really good job getting into the nuances of Markstrom’s situation and the many different facets of what could happen between now and when the season begins in October.
If Markstrom is moved, that could potentially open up a full-time NHL role for two-time AHL goaltender of the year Dustin Wolf.
Mangiapane isn’t a pressing situation as much as it might make sense for Flames general manager Craig Conroy to get ahead of some work on his 2025 pending unrestricted free agents. Mangiapane, Andrei Kuzmenko and Yegor Sharangovich have expiring deals on July 1, 2025, and Mangiapane would need to have either a monster season or to take a pay cut in order to make his $5.8 million cap hit commensurate with his offensive production. Of the three 2025 pending UFA forwards, Mangiapane seems to make the most sense for an early (or in-season) “change of scenery” trade to rejuvenate his game.
Seravalli also linked the Flames as one of many teams keeping tabs on Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas: “Don’t sleep on the Blue Jackets with Necas’ old GM, Don Waddell, now in Columbus. Calgary, Vancouver, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville are also believed to be among the teams that have closely followed the action.”
The 2024 NHL Draft is at the end of June in scenic Las Vegas, NV at the Sphere. Free agency opens, as usual, on Canada Day.
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