David Hutchison | Jan 29, 2019 | 0
InGoal On The Air: Woodley Talks About Fleury’s Future
InGoal editor Kevin Woodley was a guest on TSN 1260’s Jason Gregor Show yesterday, where he discussed the possible future destinations for Marc-André Fleury now that the playoffs are over. It was announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender has waived his no-trade clause for the upcoming expansion draft.
Listen to the interview (which begins at around the 27:00 mark) HERE:
The first possible alternate destination they discussed was Winnipeg, where he could be a mentor for youngsters Connor Hellebuyck and Eric Comrie.
“If you ask me if any goaltender would go there in terms of them being a fit for how they play, I don’t think they’re very goalie-friendly the way they play.”
“Some people would argue that a guy as dynamic and athletic as Marc-André Fleury would give them a better chance behind that type of defence where you can be exposed laterally and they get a lot of open looks. But the other side of the argument is that if you play any more aggressively, you leave yourself exposed to those types of opportunities. I don’t think there’s an absolute right answer.”
The second destination that was discussed was Calgary, where they are reportedly looking to bring back Chad Johnson but not Brian Elliott.
“I do think there is still a desire there to have Chad Johnson back. I thought he was good for them last year. Either Fleury or even Jimmy Howard could be a good fit because you’re looking to fill a gap. The gap for them versus Winnipeg is a little longer.
“They have some really nice, young goaltenders coming when you think of Tyler Parsons, who is just getting his pro career going, and Jon Gillies. There are some nice pieces there, maybe a little further away from being ready for a bigger role in the NHL. A guy that can fill a two-year gap like Marc-André Fleury would be attractive.”
Lastly, they discussed Woodley’s role with Hockey Canada’s recent Program of Excellence, where he contributed as video coach.
Excited, honoured (+ admittedly just a tiny bit nervous) to be working at Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goalie camp, starting today pic.twitter.com/VCLwJZ1CM7
— Kevin Woodley (@KevinisInGoal) June 9, 2017