Marc-Andre Fleury sweepstakes has come down to only one team

Published March 17, 2022 at 2:03 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury is the premier option for an upgrade in goal for any team in the NHL. He has Stanley Cup pedigree and the attitude of a winner, but that's doesn't mean he's going to be highly sought after at the trade deadline. Part of that is due to the salary cap and the other part is Fleury's own limitation to where he'll accept a trade.

When Fleury was traded to Chicago in the off-season it took awhile for the veteran to be sold on the idea of playing somewhere other than Vegas, but here we are. Fleury has enjoyed his time in Chicago and has also shared that he'd be happy to finish his career there. But with the Hawks in a definite rebuild mode it's likely that Fleury would like at least one more shot at a Stanley Cup.

At one point is was expected that Fleury would have his pick of many teams, but according too Elliotte Friedman it sounds like it's down to just one team and Fleury:

Finally, on goaltending: Erik Källgren — Swedish for «saviour»? — brought Toronto stability on Tuesday night against Dallas. Edmonton and Minnesota have looked at the goalie market and decided against it, feeling the acquisition cost is too high for the potential solution. There are also teams that feel plugging in a goalie this late in the season is too risky. In Edmonton's case, GM Ken Holland felt it didn't make sense as the Oilers slipped toward the playoff cutline. You're not, he said, going to trade your best picks or prospects if not good enough to contend for the Stanley Cup. I wondered if Toronto would feel the same way as Boston closed in, but the Maple Leafs are far from conceding, even though some private models are less kind to their overall defensive play than public ones. The win over Dallas tied them for fifth in the NHL with a .675 points percentage, and they believe that is a true representation of who they are. They also have a potential option Edmonton didn't — Marc-Andre Fleury. If the Maple Leafs go down that road, it'll come down to whether or not Fleury thinks he can win there. A number of you tweeted at me about the possibility of John Gibson ... I don't think so.

This will clearly be a case of whether Fleury believes the Maple Leafs core is good enough to get past Tampa Bay or Florida, or if he's better to just play out his career for the Blackhawks.
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Marc-Andre Fleury sweepstakes has come down to only one team

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