Top 20 players fans must know about ahead of the 2024 NHL trade deadline

The 2024 NHL trade deadline season is in full swing following a big move that occurred last night involving Chris Tanev. Here are 20 more names to know.

Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice
Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice / Brett Holmes-USA TODAY Sports
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The Flames already moved one big name, and Jacob Markstrom could be next

Expect to see a few goaltenders remain in the rumor mill, and since the Calgary Flames already made one trade, they will surprise nobody if they move Jacob Markstrom in the coming days. Although he’s an older player with 14 seasons worth of experience in the crease, Markstrom has yet to slow down, with 20 wins in 37 starts this season. 

Although the Flames haven’t been a great team this year, Markstrom has been outstanding in keeping things manageable for this average hockey team, posting a 0.914 save percentage and a 2.56 GAA. 

If a contending team has any concerns regarding their current starting goaltender, or if they have one that has missed an extended time with injuries in the past, they need to call up Calgary. The New Jersey Devils are one team that comes to mind, as their play at goaltender this season is a major reason for what has been a “step back” in 2023-24.  

Should the Devils make a move, it needs to occur sooner than later, as a lot can happen in the next eight days that could change the trajectory of what Calgary decides to do. If a contender sees an injury to their top netminder or even a 1B, there is a good chance they join the sweepstakes for Markstrom.