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Flames trade goalie Jacob Markstrom to Devils for 1st-round pick, defenceman Bahl

Calgary has traded goaltender Jacob Markstrom to the New Jersey Devils, the Flames announced Wednesday.

The Flames receive defenceman Kevin Bahl and a top-10 protected 2025 first-round pick, according to The Associated Press.

Calgary retained 31.25 per cent of Markstrom’s remaining contract, which has two years left on the $36 million US deal ($6-million average annual value) he signed Oct. 9, 2020.

The Flames are retaining 31.25 per cent of Markstrom’s salary, which works out to $1.875 million annually, according to the AP.

The 34-year-old Swede posted a 23-23-2 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.78 goals-against average this season.

“Today’s trade demonstrates our focus on the infusion of young talented players into our roster as well as acquiring important draft capital, while maintaining our commitment as a playoff competitive team,” Flames general manager Craig Conroy said in a news release. “We thank Jacob for his professionalism and understanding of our decision to make this trade now and at this stage in his career.”

Markstrom has a career 215-196-57 record with a .909 save percentage and 2.73 GAA with Florida, Vancouver and Calgary since being drafted in the second round, 31st overall, by the Panthers in 2008.

New Jersey missed the playoffs this season after having a team save percentage of .896 that was in the bottom five in the NHL.

The 23-year-old Bahl had a goal and 11 points in 82 games with the Devils.

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