Earlier this week the rumor mill machine came to the forefront regarding Pittsburgh Penguins veteran goaltender Marc-André Fleury and where he could potentially end up for the 2017-2018 NHL season.
Resident NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman discussed the story surrounding Fleury when he came on Canada’s Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 radio where he feels that the veteran goaltender most likely could be heading for the next season.
“I think there’s a couple of different things that are going to go on. Nick (Kypreos) has been saying for awhile now that he hears there’s something going on between Las Vegas and Marc-Andre Fleury, which makes a lot of sense. I think if they go out and they get Fleury – for one thing, he’s playing unbelievably well. For another, Fleury is a hell of a guy who would make a great ambassador for any NHL team. So I’m kind of wondering if that’s what’s going to be the case.” Per Elliotte Friedman.
For Fleury, he still has a ton of game left in that tank of his given his outstanding performance in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs with Pittsburgh.
The veteran netminder has a Stanley Cup Championship (2-time to be exact) pedigree that coaches from around the league would love to have to between the pipes.
The thing with Fleury is that right now he still has 2-years remaining on the current 4-year deal he signed back in the 2015-2016 season. His current contract is reported at a value of $23 million US with AAV cap hit of $5.75 million and has modified NTC associated with it.
With the rise in future star goalie Matt Murray who became the guy that took the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals last year and help capture their 4th Cup in franchise history, GM Jim Rutherford could be willing to leave Fleury unprotected or potentially be dealt this upcoming offseason.
Friedman added the fact that the Golden Knights are indeed the odds on favorite as the next destination for Fleury’s NHL career.
“But I think you have to look at Vegas – that’s probably the team I would look at right now and say, ‘Yeah, you know what? They’re probably the team unless proven otherwise.” Per Elliotte Friedman.
What Fleury has to offer on the table is 691 regular season games of experience with 536 of those as starts, 375 wins and 216 losses under his belt. His regular season GAA is a 2.58 with a .912 save percentage.
Fleury also has 115 of Stanley Cup Playoffs games to his credit with 105 of them as the starting goaltender. His playoff record consists of 62-51 along with a GAA of 2.65 and .908 save percentage average.
Regardless of his performance that took place in Ottawa last night giving up 4 goals on 9 shots, Fleury still has the mindset in protecting his team’s net.
Looking ahead for Golden Knights GM George McPhee he will have options available to chose from at next month’s expansion draft that is taking place in Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.