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Jacob Markstrom and Andrew Mangiapane appear on Daily Faceoff trade targets list

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Ryan Pike
15 days ago
The Calgary Flames have flung themselves headlong into a retooling process, with five pending 2024 unrestricted free agents finding themselves traded to a new team between June 2023 and now. There’s no reason to believe this trend will slow down for the next little while, which is probably why two Flames players appear on Frank Seravalli’s top 20 trade targets board a month before the 2024 NHL Draft.
Here’s Seravalli on Markstrom, who’s in the 10th spot:
What a long, strange trip last year was for Markstrom. He said goodbye to a few close friends as teammates, especially Chris Tanev. The realization of the Flames’ retool set in. He was asked to waive his ‘no-trade’ clause and agreed to go to New Jersey, only to see the deal fall apart at the finish line. But all is well that ends well, as the initial read in the spring is that things have been smoothed over between Craig Conroy, Markstrom and the Flames. They are still open to moving him, and Markstrom still holds all the cards (and could force a deal), but they’re going to need a high return to make it happen – because they don’t intend to tank. How does Dustin Wolf factor into all of this? Maybe the time to trade Markstrom to get the best return was in March with other high-value goalies available on the market this summer.
On paper, the Flames look to be entering the 2024-25 season with three NHL-experienced goaltenders on the docket: Markstrom, backup Dan Vladar (who’s working his way back from hip surgery) and waiver-exempt third-stringer Dustin Wolf. They have a year remaining on Wolf’s waiver exemption, but given how much Wolf’s accomplished in hockey since being drafted in 2019, it might be time to carve out a full-time NHL spot for him.
Here’s Seravalli on Mangiapane, who’s listed in 17th:
If you view Mangiapane’s season through the prism of his entire career, with the exception of one statistical outlier in 2021-22, he pretty much nailed his averages this season. Approximately 16-18 goals (over a full 82 GP) and 38-42 points. The problem? Mangiapane was paid commensurately for that one outlier season, when he collected 35 goals and 55 points. It also came in a summer when the Flames lost Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, so there was reason to make sure they kept him. Now? He’ll be walking next summer anyway, so might as well start conversations now, or keep him as a rental at the deadline.
Mangiapane is one of three Flames wingers slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2025, along with Yegor Sharangovich and Andrei Kuzmenko. As Craig Conroy navigated throughout 2023-24, the Flames don’t seem to have a big appetite to let assets walk for free, so for that trio it may be a choice between re-upping with the Flames or finding themselves playing elsewhere before too long.
We’ll see what ends up happening. The 2024 NHL Draft, potentially a hub of trade activity, goes June 28 and 29 in Las Vegas, NV.
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