Marc-Andre Fleury — the safeguarding Vezina Trophy victor — is currently essential for the Blackhawks.
Yet, it’s muddled if Fleury, whom many expected to resign if at any time exchanged by the Golden Knights, will really play for the Hawks.
The Hawks gained the 36-year-old goaltender from the Knights on Tuesday, taking on Fleury’s agreement with one year left at a $7 million cap hit. The lone authority return was small time forward Mikael Hakkarainen, who will regardless keep playing in the Hawks’ framework next season.
It’s the third monstrous exchange sprinkle that Hawks senior supervisor Stan Bowman, rapidly leaving his patient youth development, has made in the previous fourteen days.
The Duncan Keith exchange to the Oilers, alongside Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw’s useful retirements recently, made the Fleury obtaining monetarily feasible. Furthermore, the Seth Jones exchange from the Blue Jackets moved the Hawks into win-now mode once more, making the Fleury securing intelligent.
“The chance to get a Vezina-winning goaltender is uncommon and one you can’t leave behind,” Bowman said in an articulation. “Marc-Andre Fleury…will tremendously affect the general advancement of the Blackhawks.”
However there’s a fair possibility Fleury might resign in the coming weeks, not having any desire to leave Nevada at this phase of his vocation in the wake of settling down there with his better half and his three small children. Fleury’s precise contemplations on the exchange are hard to make sure about, on the grounds that he didn’t address the media Tuesday — as most exchanged players do — and different sources gave clashing reports on his mindset.
Fleury’s regularly straightforward specialist, Allan Walsh, tweeted Tuesday that Fleury “will be setting aside effort to talk about his circumstance with his family and genuinely assess his hockey future,” adding that Fleury wasn’t advised by either the Knights or Hawks and learned of the exchange through Twitter.
Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon, alternately, said he’d been in customary contact with Fleury since their leave meeting June 29. McCrimmon said he told Fleury on July 12 of the Hawks’ advantage and refreshed his “agents” as of late as Saturday.
“Marc-Andre Fleury needed to play in Vegas, that never changed…[but] this is a player that is at the actual top of his game,” McCrimmon said. “I should believe that he’ll play this year.”
The surprising circumstance of attempting to charm a generally gained player was reflected in Bowman’s assertion, which blew away its typical commendation of new players.
“Having a goaltender like this in our group will put the ability we at present have on our program in a superior situation to make supported progress,” Bowman’s assertion proceeded. “The whole association is excited to have this future Hall of Famer in our group and his standing of being an incredible partner on and off the ice goes before him.”
On the off chance that Fleury comes to Chicago, the Hawks’ goalie couple of him and youthful Kevin Lankinen would become one of the alliance’s ideal.
Fleury went 26-10-0 with a .928 save rate last season on the way to the Vezina. He’s 492-276-82 (a 103-point yearly speed) with a .913 save rate and three Stanley Cup titles in his 17-year profession, making him perhaps the most refined goalies of the cap time.
The Hawks would need to be imaginative to accommodate Fleury’s enormous cap hit, moving Seabrook and Shaw’s agreements to long haul harmed hold and conceivably making different exchanges. Either of Malcolm Subban or Collin Delia could be discarded in the goalie crunch.
In the event that Fleury resigns, in any case, the Hawks will not lose anything: his cap hit would be totally cleaned from the books in that situation. Fleury could likewise conceivably demand an exchange to the Penguins.
The greatest issue will be standing by endlessly for Fleury’s choice, uncertain how much cash to save and how to deal with the unexpectedly packed goalie room, while other significant free-specialist arrangements happen. The free-specialist market opens Wednesday morning.
In any case, the Hawks think about that, naturally, a danger worth taking.
SOURCE : chicago.suntimes
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