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Marc-Andre Fleury Is Up For Vegas

Marc-Andre Fleury Is Up For Vegas

It turns out that Marc-André Fleury and the Penguins were holding on to a little nugget of information.

Apparently this isn’t a blanket waiver of his no-movement clause. Fleury may be willing to join the Vegas Golden Knights via expansion, but he isn’t willing to be shopped around without any control.

Each team is only able to protect one goalie in the upcoming expansion draft, and veterans with no-movement clauses are required to be protected unless the clause is voluntarily waived.

As was long-rumored, Fleury joins a group of potential veteran goalies available to Vegas, such as Detroit’s Jimmy Howard. Vegas also has the option to choose a younger potential starting goalie such as Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo. The Golden Knights could even sign a veteran unrestricted free agent such as Steve Mason, and use their 3 expansion goalie picks to acquire assets that other teams might covet in a trade, such as Anntti Raanta or Philipp Grubauer. For Vegas, Fleury’s availability simply adds to the already-intriguing expansion landscape.

The fact that Fleury agreed to the waiver back in February shows the degree to which Flower has earned his reputation as an overall good guy and exemplary hockey teammate. Were Fleury unwilling to waive his no-movement clause, the Penguins would have been forced to expose now 2-time Stanley Cup Final winner Matt Murray in the expansion draft. Fleury’s willingness to play the good soldier eliminated what could have been a significant source of stress for the Penguins and Murray down the stretch and through the grueling playoffs, particularly as Fleury provided stellar goaltending through the opening rounds.

This is a win-win for Pittsburgh. Obviously, Murray is their future in net, and they have a rising young backup option in Tristan Jarry entering next season. If Vegas declines to pick Fleury in the expansion draft, though, the Pens will face the same situation as they do currently. They can either find a trade partner acceptable to Fleury with adequate return, or enter the fray once again with what is arguably the most successful goaltending tandem in the NHL over the last 18 months.

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