Fleury will reportedly waive his no movement clause so he can be exposed in the upcoming expansion draft.
With Vegas needing a capable starting goalie, Fleury has been discussed as a potential option for that role with the Golden Knights. However, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Fleury will be in a Golden Knights uniform next season. Reality, however, may start to climb back in for fans now that the expansion draft is near. The Penguins could also still trade Fleury to another team if he approves the destination.
Fleury’s future with the Penguins has been up for discussion for well over a year now, although general manager Jim Rutherford decided leading up to this year’s trade deadline to keep the veteran goalie in Pittsburgh for the playoff run. Should this be his last days in a Penguins sweater, he can say he left the city in much better shape than it was when he got there.
At this juncture, a split between Fleury and Pittsburgh seems inevitable, and it will likely be bittersweet.
Fleury joined the Penguins as the first overall draft pick of the 2003 National Hockey League draft and owns a career 375-216-2-66 record with the team. He is a six-time NHL All-Star and in 13 NHL seasons has a career 2.58 goals-against average, a.912 save percentage and 44 shutouts. He seems to be well-liked in Pittsburgh, especially in the Penguins’ locker room. You may have heard of him.
Fleury has two more years remaining on his contract, which has an annual cap hit of $5.75 million. If this postseason was any indication, he can still play at a starter’s level so a fresh start could end up being mutually beneficial.