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Calgary Flames sign goaltender Jacob Markstrom to six-year contract

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, front, of Sweden, skates to the bench as the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Dustin Brown's winning goal during overtime NHL hockey action in Vancouver, on Tuesday November 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames landed coveted goaltender Jacob Markstrom when NHL unrestricted free agency opened Friday with a six-year contract worth $36 million.

Markstrom was hot commodity in a busy goalie market.

The 30-year-old Swede was crucial in the Vancouver Canucks’ 36-27-6 regular-season record.

His record was 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Markstrom backstopped Vancouver to the second round of the playoffs, but he was injured during that series versus the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thatcher Demko played the final three games. The Canucks bowed out Game 7.