Golden Knights Trade Marc-Andre Fleury To Blackhawks

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According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Vegas Golden Knights traded goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in exchange for forward prospect Mikael Hakkarainen. TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that Fleury’s heart is in Las Vegas and may not report to Blackhawks’ training camp in the fall. He will discuss the matter over the next few days with his family.

The Fourth-Period’s David Pagnotta added that the Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs discussed Fleury, who found out about the trade through Twitter.

The 36-year-old is coming off of his first career Vezina Trophy victory in 2020-21. Fleury, who combined with teammate Robin Lehner to capture the 2020-21 William M. Jennings Trophy, ranked third in the NHL in wins (26), goals-against average (1.98), save percentage (.928), and shutouts (six) in 36 appearances. He posted the best save percentage and goals-against average of his 18-season NHL career.

He has one season left on a contract that carries a $7 million cap hit.

In 883 career regular-season games with the Golden Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins, Fleury has recorded 492-276-80 with a .913 save percentage, a 2.55 goals-against average, and 67 shutouts. In 162 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has posted a 90-70 record, a .912 save percentage, a 2.53 goals-against average, and 16 shutouts. He led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009 and was the backup of their 2016 and 2017 championship teams behind Matt Murray.

During the Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, their inaugural season, Fleury went 13-7 with a .927 save percentage, a 2.24 goals-against average, and four shutouts.

The Golden Knights moved Fleury because they just signed Lehner to a five-year contract that carries a $5 million cap hit last offseason. With $12 million of their salary cap committed to goalies and it being flat for the foreseeable future, that prevented them from having the depth they desire at forward. Since Fleury has just one season left on his contract, it made sense for the Golden Knights to move on.

Hakkarainen played in six AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs last season, posting a -1 rating, and had one assist and a -5 rating in six ECHL games.

By Harrison Brown

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2 Responses to Golden Knights Trade Marc-Andre Fleury To Blackhawks

  1. novafyre says:

    Wow. Didn’t see this coming. He is such a fan favorite and, as many articles have noted, has really made Vegas his home. And to find out about the trade through Twitter?

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    If i’am Fleury(I only I could be),I’d say thanks i’am retireing! With 2 cups & now all he has to do is stay to close to game shape & wait for offer @ next trade deadline. This deal screams to me that he probably had clause to kick in for winning Veznia or Cup & team said we’ll trade him instead of paying him! Or I’d ask for buyout ! Vegas & Caps both have same problem,overpriced,glorified backup poising as a #1 that hasn’t proven he can lead a team to the promise land!

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