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Dreger wonders if Blues might become possible fit for Fleury

Chris Nichols



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The future of Marc-Andre Fleury with the Pittsburgh Penguins seems to be limited thanks to that pesky expansion draft that’ll be taking place this summer with the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

The question, though, has been whether or not general manager Jim Rutherford will get Fleury to waive his no-move clause before the trade deadline to get a deal done, or if the Penguins will instead choose to keep Fleury as insurance for another potential Stanley Cup run and then trade him in the off-season.

So where do things stand on that front as far as the team’s goaltending conundrum with Fleury and Matt Murray?

“It’s getting awkward,” said TSN NHL Insider Dreger during a Wednesday evening appearance on NBCSN. “And I think we can all appreciate why. You’re talking about two goaltenders in Matt Murray, who most recently won a Stanley Cup under head coach Mike Sullivan, versus Marc-Andre Fleury, who also has a Stanley Cup champion ring with the Pittsburgh Penguins. So you’ve got two solidified goalies here who are having to continue to share the crease. And that is never a good scenario for either guy, because they know that they’re starters.

“I wouldn’t say that it’s a tough environment. You’re talking about two pros here. And from Fleury’s perspective, look – he’s a very good guy in the room. He works hard in practice. He is ultimately a team guy. But he wants the net full-time and he’s not getting a full-time opportunity with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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“I believe what Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Penguins, though is hoping for is that the bubble teams in terms of the playoffs start to separate a little bit and maybe there’s a hint of desperation.

“I look at a team like St. Louis, as an example. It appears they’ve made their bed with Jake Allen, but if the St. Louis Blues believe they’re on the cusp or right there among the contenders and goaltending might be somewhat iffy or in question – look, Marc-Andre Fleury is a goaltender who has proven that he can take that team to another level.”

Allen’s four-year, $17.4 million contract extension with the Blues kicks in next season.

Fleury will still have another two years left on his contract once this season ends. His cap hit is $5.75 million.

Source: NBCSN

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