Four teams the Calgary Flames could trade up in the first round with

Calgary Flames, Jacob Markstrom
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New Jersey Devils

The Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils appeared destined to do business together at the trade deadline, but after the front office nixed a deal to chase a playoff spot, the veteran goaltenders season fell apart. With the team clearly accepting that a rebuild is the way after a missed playoff result again in 2023-24, the front office may be much more open to the idea, and with the Devils looking to push for a Stanley Cup, Markstrom could be the right option.

Like many other teams, the Devils are on the verge of a genuine Stanley Cup push, and it’s unlikely that the No. 10 overall pick could help them as much as Markstrom, so pairing him with a late first-rounder makes perfect sense for both parties. It’s unclear whether or not the front office getting involved in the original deal has effected New Jersey’s willingness to talk to Calgary, but if there’s still interest there, this is a deal that would be considered a home run for both teams with where their franchises are currently sitting.