Toronto Maple Leafs 2024 Trade Deadline Targets: Goaltenders

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Jacob Markstrom

Markstrom has been a great starting netminder for years.

At 33 years old, he is entering the twilight of his NHL career and of course, there are risks with acquiring him.

First, he makes $6 million for two more seasons after this. As much as this could be a blessing if he keeps up his play, the large price tag and extra years make the prospect of acquiring the veteran netminder potentially worrisome.

Last year he struggled tremendously, sporting a .892 SV% through 59 games as well as a quality start percentage well below .500 with a .448%, the lowest he has hit in nearly a decade.

This up-and-down play is nothing new to Markstrom who has seen his this largely throughout his career but much more noticeably the past four or five seasons.

If the Leafs do trade for Markstrom, there would almost certainly have to be retention in order to make the risks associated with his acquisition palatable.

Despite the risks, he is one of the top goalies available and could be a difference maker if acquired. On the bright side, he would likely be much cheaper than Saros. There is also familiarity with Leafs brass as Treliving acquired him in his time with Calgary, making him seem like the likeliest candidate if he does decide to trade for a netminder.