CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Blackhawks are buying Vezina Trophy profitable goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights, though it’s unclear if he’ll truly report back to his new workforce.
The Blackhawks introduced Tuesday afternoon that they’d acquired Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier than he joined the Golden Knights in 2017-18, in alternate for minor league ahead Mikael Hakkarainen.
“The chance to amass a Vezina-winning goaltender is uncommon and one you can not move up,” stated Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and Normal Supervisor Stan Bowman. “Marc-Andre improves our goaltending, strengthens our workforce protection and can have a huge effect on the general improvement of the Blackhawks. Having a goaltender like this on our workforce will put the expertise we presently have on our roster in a greater place to realize sustained success. Your complete group is thrilled to have this future Corridor of Famer on our workforce and his fame of being a superb teammate on and off the ice precedes him.”
Based on revealed studies, the Blackhawks will likely be taking over all of Fleury’s $7 million cap hit for the one remaining yr on his contract.
Nonetheless, revealed studies stated Fleury is contemplating doable retirement as a substitute of enjoying anyplace apart from Las Vegas. If he had been to retire, Chicago wouldn’t be charged along with his $7 million cap hit.
“Whereas Marc-Andre Fleury nonetheless hasn’t heard from anyone with the Vegas Golden Knights, he has apparently been traded to Chicago. Marc-Andre will likely be taking time to debate his scenario along with his household and significantly consider his hockey future at the moment,” Fleury’s agent, Allan Walsh, posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
If Fleury does determine to play for the Blackhawks, he would immediately grow to be he workforce’s No. 1 goalie.
Fleury, 36, received the Vezina Trophy because the NHL’s greatest goalie in 2021, after going 26-10-0 with a 1.98 goals-against common, .928 save proportion and 6 shutouts with the Golden Knights. He was 9-7 with a 2.04 goals-against common, .918 save proportion and one shutout in 16 playoff video games.
Fleury is the NHL’s energetic chief in profession common season (492) and Stanley Cup Playoff wins (90) in addition to regular-season video games performed (883) and postseason appearances (162). His 492 common season wins is third most in NHL historical past whereas his 90 playoff victories rank fourth.
If Fleury does play for the Blackhawks, he can be the second main acquisition in current days, after buying defenseman Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets in alternate for defenseman Adam Boqvist over the weekend.
Jones agreed to an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Blackhawks as a part of the commerce.
The Blackhawks additionally swapped first-round draft picks with Columbus, dropping from the 12th choose to the 32nd. The Blue Jackets additionally acquired a 2021 second-round choose from the Blackhawks, and a conditional first-round draft choose in 2022. The Blackhawks picked up a sixth-round choose in 2022 within the commerce.