New Jersey Devils: 3 Goalies On Trade Market To Target Right Now

The New Jersey Devils should consider adding a goaltender as soon as they can. Who on the trade market makes the most sense?

Calgary Flames v New Jersey Devils
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The New Jersey Devils were beaten at home again on Thursday night. They played the Calgary Flames tough, but at the end of the night, the difference in the game was goaltending. They tried to make a couple of comebacks, but it was to no avail. 

Vitek Vanecek was just a big problem for the Devils in the game. Frankly, he was not good at all. He allowed pucks to squeak through him even though he thought he saved them. There were some shots that he was able to see but just missed, and a few spin shots fooled him that wouldn’t fool most NHL goalies. 

He was very good last season, so the team understandably gave him some leeway. Somehow, he still has a respectable record of 17-9-2, which shows how hard the team plays in front of him despite his .887 save percentage. 

The Devils are a good team that scores tons of goals. Their goaltender just deflates their efforts sometimes, and it is eating away at their season. It is time to make a change. They need to make a trade as soon as possible. Some really good goaltenders may be on the trade block. These are the three that they should consider: 

Jacob Markstrom is a great goaltender for the Devils to consider

One of the goalies that they should consider just defeated them on Thursday. Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames allowed three goals to New Jersey, but he made 37 saves. They created some incredible scoring chances on him but were not able to score enough to carry Vitek’s bad play. 

New Jersey would have been smart not to even let him leave town. He would be a great addition to their team going down the stretch. Following that game, Markstrom is now sitting with a 2.56 goals against and a .914 save percentage. 

Somehow, with those numbers, he is only 16-13-2. That shows how average Calgary is in front of him. He has the opposite problem of the Devils. That is why they’d make a great fit together. 

Markstrom is not the long-term answer as he is 34 years old but it isn't a short-term answer either. He is more than a rental; he has two years following this season. It is certainly an option to consider.