The Vegas Golden Knights could turn to the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions to address goalie next week.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is waiving his no-movement and no-trade clauses ahead of the June 21 expansion draft, according to a report from Murphy’s Hockey Law.
Fleury, a two-time All-Star who has played with the Penguins his entire career, went 18-10-7 as the backup to Matt Murray this year, posting a GAA of 3.02, the highest since his second year in the league.
In 14 starts during Pittsburgh’s run to the Stanley Cup, Fleury posted a 2.56 GAA.
Per Jimmy Murphy’s report:
According to one source, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford approached Fleury leading into the March 1 NHL Trade Deadline about waiving and the longtime Penguin netminder agreed on an unnamed team and if that failed, to do it for the expansion draft because he understood now two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie Matt Murray was the future between the Pens’ pipes. Rutherford has since heaped loads of praise upon Fleury for the class and modesty he showed.
Fleury will turn 33 years old in November, but he was a steady presence for the Penguins before Murray burst onto the scene last postseason. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft went 16-8 in Pittsburgh’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2008-09.
The crop of goaltenders that could be available for the expansion draft did not look promising up until this report. Fleury is still an efficient netminder who would be serviceable in the short term, and would be a great locker room presence that has experienced a plethora of success.
This wouldn’t be a bad start to the expansion draft.