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Marc-André Fleury Reflected On Signing His 3-Year Extension With The Golden Knights
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Las Vegas–With today’s exciting announcement that happened earlier with Marc-André Fleury signing his 3-year extension with the Vegas Golden Knights, he reflected on staying put.
Fluery’s new deal has an AAV of $7 million per season and a contract total of $21 million over the term and it comes with a modified no-trade clause.
“I’ve been given this fortune in my career, and not have to wait to July 1, I think it’s always something that I wanted, and I like to do, so when the season starts you aren’t thinking about the rumors of where you are going to be traded to. I have been through that already. That security to be here [with the Golden Knights] for a long time was big for me.” Said Fleury on signing his extension.
Fleury was originally set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019 but this new three year extension that he inked with Vegas has him locked up until the 2021-22 season.
At 33-years of age, Fleury is at a point in his career where a player looks at the possibility of finishing off his legacy with and for him he wanted it be with the Vegas Golden Knights.
“A little bit of everything. First and foremost, the fact that this organization has given me a chance to play and to play a lot of games. They believed in me. I love to do what I do. This was big. The success that we have had over the season, winning always makes everything better.”Fleury said.
“The fans and how much they supported us from day one. They were crazy all season long and the playoffs were a lot of fun to play in because you can feel the intensity in the building from the fans. My family loves it too, great schools, great neighborhoods and lots to do for the kids. I feel very fortunate.” Fleury added.
With signing a three-year extension, Fleury did not hold back that for him this was the right thing for him to do moving forward as a member of the Golden Knights.
“I love the organization. Our owner Bill Foley has been involved and great to us. George McPhee and the coaches, we all think together. It felt right for me to try and finish my career here [in Vegas]. I knew George McPhee had a lot on his plate for a few weeks and there was no rush. I was still under contract for next season, but it’s fun to get it done before the season so you don’t have it on your mind during the games.” Says Fleury.
Fleury reflected on getting the opportunity in working with Golden Knights Goaltending Coach Dave Prior during the inaugural season.
“I think Dave is great. He asked that we challenge a little more, me, Malcolm Subban, Maxime Lagace and Oscar Dansk. He [Dave Prior] wants us to challenge to get to play the shooter straight. Maybe it’s something I kind of forgot a bit, I was playing a little deeper looking for the passes and reading plays. I think there’s an in-between where you want to be, you don’t want to be too far out, but playing the shooter fair and square and then whatever happens after just trying to react to it.” Fleury said on working with Dave in the 2017-18 season.
Despite the injury bug that bit Fleury early on in the season, being under the guidance of Prior helped him in a big way as he finished out the season strong with a 29-13-4 record which included four shutouts.
In addition to his contributions in net, led the Golden Knights to finish off the regular season with a 51-24-7 record for 109 points, capturing the Pacific Division to a deep playoff run all the way to the finals where they were just three wins away at winning the Stanley Cup.
“We were close. There’s not a big thing you need to do to change things around. The parity around the league is so good and so close. It’s about staying healthy, having the same motivation at winning games, just going one game at a time like we did this last season. We never thought too far ahead, we always thought to try to win one and move on and that took us great ways.”Fleury replied.
Fleury says he’s looking forward to next season and being back with his teammates for the next chapter in Golden Knights history.
“There’s a lot, but number one is getting back with my teammates. It’s a great group of guys and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in practice and in the locker room and everything like that. We want to get back to T-Mobile Arena and win some games.” Fleury said.