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Fleury Will Report to Chicago Blackhawks, per BarStool Report

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For all of the drama, breathless media reports, and NHL trade rumors that former Vegas Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury would not report to the Chicago Blackhawks after last week’s trade, Fleury will indeed report to Chicago.

That comes from sources who spoke to Barstool Sports.

Despite forceful trade rumors connecting Fleury to a Penguins trade, both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski reported Penguins sources indicated there would not be a Fleury-Penguins reunion via the NHL trade market.

With the help of an astute reader, Pittsburgh Hockey Now was also able to report that Fanatics Brand wholesalers began to take preorders for autographed Fleury-Blackhawks merchandise several days ago.

Fleury, 36, is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. Vegas Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon sparked a public battle with Fleury’s agent, Allan Walsh, by trading Fleury to Chicago. Walsh accused McCrimmon of not informing Fleury of the trade and Tweeted well after the trade was public knowledge that no one had yet called Fleury.

Such disrespect to an important veteran is a no-no in hockey.

However, McCrimmon later claimed in his press conference that he kept Fleury and Walsh in the loop about every team which inquired, including Chicago.

There was a lot about the saga, from the NHL trade rumors involving the Penguins to McCrimmon’s comments that PHN questioned. 

Fleury will be the unquestioned starter with the Chicago Blackhawks, unlike Vegas, where he was in a platoon situation with Robin Lehner. Chicago made a major push this offseason by picking up defenseman Seth Jones and forward Tyler Johnson on the NHL trade market. They also signed free agents Jake McCabe and Jujhar Khaira.

Chicago, which hired an independent investigator to investigate accusations the organization covered up sexual harassment and assault by a video coach nearly a decade ago, was also able to trade defensemen Duncan Keith and Nikita Zadarov to clear salary-cap space. However, the team is still about $1.4 million over the cap, according to PuckPedia.com.

With Fleury in goal and Jones on the blue line, the Blackhawks have a radically different look and personality from recent seasons.

Fleury has one season remaining on his contract, which carries a $7 million AAV. Kevin Lankinen is the backup.

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Chris R
Chris R
1 month ago

So who’s going to be sacrificed to cover the cost, Strome or De Haan?

AJ R
AJ R
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris R

Connolly or De Haan would be my guess

Katz
Katz
1 month ago

Perhaps Fleury looked at the Pgh Defense and said whoa.

Or maybe Sullivan didn’t want him to return.

Can Dominick Simon play goal?

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Once shaws LTIR kicks in opening day they’ll be under the cap.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Hextall had no interest and the penguins have no cap space and no assets to trade to chicago. That is the reality of the situation. Fleury was never going to refuse to report, its not in his DNA

Curt Lindner
Curt Lindner
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Jarry and the train wreck Zucker ( if they wanted him ) to Chicago for Fleury could have made it happen. Then next year you could sign Fleury to a one year contract for peanuts compared to current salary. They talk about the “core” getting older and the window closing? With a hurt Malkin who plays half the time at best, WHY NOT A FAREWELL REUNION FOR ONE LAST RUN? The Pens are definitely not better today than they were yesterday. I will say that management was definitely asleep at the wheel as we all know that MAF was there… Read more »

Kris Francis Peterinelli
Kris Francis Peterinelli
1 month ago

Some “barstool” guy posts a comment and that’s it? When I see a comment directly from Fleury or his agent OK, but until then…. Why would anyone want to play for that dumpster fire organization right now. Don’t have the assets? Hey don’t they need defense. Here’s Jarry and Pettersson straight up. You guys get a “free” defenseman for your troubles. There I posted this, it must be true right?

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago

I understand lots of Pens fans want Fleury, and there was certainly the strong Athletic reports, but tangential evidence (autographed memorabilia), and other sourced reports took the Penguins out of the running. Brian Burke’s comments to NHL Sirius/Xm on Friday left little doubt. Take the Barstool report for whatever you think it’s worth.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

I am no doubt in a very small, tiny, minuscule group . .. but enough with the wailing, pining about Fleury. He is not coming back. They cannot afford him. He is a very capable Hall of Fame goalie that can still play. But he is going to be 37 and his skills are going to diminish and quite possibly with speed. The last thing the local team needs is another guy in his mid to late thirties trying to hold on to the ridiculous notion of “open windows.” Guys . . . this is a team that just ADDED… Read more »

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Just because you may be in a very small, tiny, minuscule group doesn’t make you wrong. MAF will not — and should not — return to Pgh for the reasons you accurately covered. Let’s wish him well in Chicago, but stop the unrealistic sentimentality.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

He can return and backup for the pens in 2023 if he wants, but you are right about this season. Stuck in Chicago

d p
d p
1 month ago

Moving a young family to Chitcago ??? Really ???

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