Flames' Jacob Markstrom admits he's not happy with how his trade status has been handled

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Asked directly about whether he had moved on from rumours he might be traded, Jacob Markstrom responded by making it clear that he wasn’t happy with the way his status had been dealt with.

While rumours have quieted down over the past week and a half, there was persistent chatter throughout early February that the Calgary Flames might move their star goaltender.

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The New Jersey Devils were heavily linked with a move for Markstrom, although the veracity of those rumours was never confirmed.

Things have quieted down recently, though.

So, has Markstrom accepted that he’ll be spending the rest of the season — at least — with the Flames?

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“I think everyone in here, every player in here, I really respect everything that’s been going on and not going on and how everyone in this room has handled everything,” Markstrom said from the Flames locker room after their Friday morning practice.

“The whole situation and everything, am I happy about that? No, I’m not, and I think it could have been handled a lot different from up top.”

The 34-year-old Swede signed a six-year contract in 2020 that pays him $6-million US annually. He has two seasons remaining on his deal after this year and has been one of the best shot-stoppers in the NHL this season.

The Flames alreadyhave traded away several veterans who were set to become unrestricted free agents this summer, including defenceman Chris Tanev earlier in the week.

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