Blackhawks land goalie from Golden Knights
Twist the dagger.
According to reports, the Vegas Golden Knights are trading face of the franchise and ruling Vezina Prize winner, Marc-Andre Fleury, to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for absolutely nothing however offered cap area.
It’s a regrettable end in Vegas for Fleury, who did so much for the four-year-old franchise after being picked in the growth draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2017. He won 145 video games divided in between the routine season and playoffs in his 4 seasons, leading the Golden Knights to a Stanley Cup Final look in their inaugural season.
Fleury showed to be essential to Vegas’s success this previous season, dealing with the majority of the duties in the crease in spite of being gone shopping following the acquisition of Robin Lehner. He was called the league’s leading netminder for the extremely very first time in his 17 seasons based upon his dazzling routine season, making a .928 save portion in 36 starts.
He was likewise the lead choice in the postseason, assisting the Golden Knights go back to the NHL semifinal prior to tripping up versus the Montreal Canadiens.
In a best world, the Golden Knights would undoubtedly choose to keep both Fleury and Lehner, who integrated to win the William M. Jennings Prize last season as the league’s most effective goaltending duo. However with handcuffing cap inflexibility and severe lineup problems, it no longer appeared tenable for Vegas to bring 2 netminders at an overall cap hit of $12 million, triggering the relocate to Chicago.
The Blackhawks aren’t supposed to be true contenders next season, however they have made a few splashy offseason moves, namely acquiring Seth Jones. It’s also expected that Jonathan Toews will return after a season spent addressing health problems.
That said, it’s possible Fleury never makes it there.
What a shame that would be.
Vegas, meanwhile, is believed to be in agreement on a significant pay increase for defenseman Alec Martinez, so much of the cap savings will be devoted to that. The Golden Knights also have to broker an agreement with newly-acquired former top-2 draft selection Nolan Patrick, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers, by way of the Nashville Predators through trade.
Even so, management should still have actually the capability to make a free-agent splash with the $7 million owed to Fleury now off the payroll.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.