Jacob Markstrom’s Huge Contract a Make-or-Break Move for This Era of the Flames



We knew the Calgary Flames were going to walk away with a big-ticket starting goaltender this off-season. They needed to break through from middling contender to true contender and, while they got an admirable lift from veteran Cam Talbot this past season, they wanted a bellcow starter to rely on for a full season. It was no surprise to see the Flames pursue and sign UFA Jacob Markstrom, then, after he and the Vancouver Canucks couldn’t reach a deal and the Canucks snapped up UFA Braden Holtby Friday.