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Marc-Andre Fleury Headed To Chicago

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Vezina winner and shoe-in HOFer with 1yr/$7m of contract left traded for nothing…This off-season has been interesting to say the least.

Posted by MZ2215 on 07/27/21 at 10:39 AM ET

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My initial reaction is wow, they did him dirty.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/27/21 at 10:42 AM ET

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Holy frijoles, Batman, the flat cap has completely turned the league upside down.  Reigning Vezina Trophy winner traded for a bag of pucks.  Strange days indeed. 

It’s imperative that the Wings weaponize their excess cap space, these opportunities aren’t going to come along anymore once the league’s financial situation stabilizes.

Posted by MikeO on 07/27/21 at 11:08 AM ET

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Oof, Walsh tweeted MAF hasn’t heard anything from Vegas and first found out about the trade on Twitter. It would appear as though they definitely did him wrong. I get that it’s a business, but they burned that bridge to the ground.

Posted by MZ2215 on 07/27/21 at 11:22 AM ET

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Allan Walsh tweet,

While Marc-Andre Fleury still hasn’t heard from anybody with the Vegas Golden Knights, he has apparently been traded to Chicago.  Marc-Andre will be taking time to discuss his situation with his family and seriously evaluate his hockey future at this time.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/21 at 11:34 AM ET

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What the hell is going on.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 07/27/21 at 12:16 PM ET

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Chicago release,

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have acquired the reigning Vezina Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Mikael Hakkarainen (MIGH-kuhl hak-uh-RIGH-nuhn). The goaltender posted a career-best 1.98 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage during the 2020-21 season with Vegas and picked up his first career Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goaltender in the National Hockey League each year. Fleury’s contract has a salary cap hit of $7,000,000 for the 2021-22 season.

“The opportunity to acquire a Vezina-winning goaltender is rare and one you cannot pass up,” said Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman. “Marc-Andre improves our goaltending, strengthens our team defense and will have a huge impact on the overall development of the Blackhawks. Having a goaltender like this on our team will put the talent we currently have on our roster in a better position to achieve sustained success. The entire organization is thrilled to have this future Hall of Famer on our team and his reputation of being an excellent teammate on and off the ice precedes him.”

His 26 wins and six shutouts each ranked third in the league last season. Along with teammate Robin Lehner, they won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders on the team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season. Fleury yielded two or fewer goals in 25 of his 36 outings (69.4%). He finished the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2.04 GAA.

Fleury is the NHL’s active leader in career regular season (492) and Stanley Cup Playoff wins (90) as well as regular-season games played (883) and postseason appearances (162). His 492 regular season wins is third most in NHL history while his 90 playoff victories rank fourth.

Spanning 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (2003-2017 with PIT and 2017-2021 with VGK), Fleury owns a record of 492-276-2-80 with a 2.55 GAA, .913 SV% and 67 shutouts in 883 regular-season appearances. The 67 shutouts rank 14th on the NHL’s all-time shutout list. Fleury has 90 career postseason victories, a 2.53 GAA, .912 SV% and 16 shutouts in 162 playoff appearances. His 492 wins are third and his .913 SV% shares 13th all-time among NHL goalies.

Fleury, 36, was selected by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. In his debut season with the Golden Knights, he had, at the time, the best statistical season of his NHL career with a 2.24 GAA and .927 SV%. Fleury went 12-3 in the first three rounds of that season’s playoffs, helping Vegas become the first expansion team since the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues to advance to the Cup Final.

A five-time NHL All Star, Fleury left the Penguins holding the franchise record for both regular-season (375) and playoff (62) wins. He is the only Pittsburgh netminder to win 40 regular-season games on two occasions. His 10 shutouts during the 2014-15 campaign with the Penguins were a single-season personal and franchise record. That total also led the league. The Sorel, Quebec native picked up his first career shutout against the Blackhawks on Oct. 30, 2003.

When Fleury was selected by Pittsburgh with the first overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, he became the third goalie to be chosen first, joining Michel Plasse (Montreal Canadiens, 1968) and Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders, 2000).

Hakkarainen played in 14 games for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League across two seasons.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/21 at 12:21 PM ET

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VEGAS (July 27, 2021) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, July 27, that the team has acquired forward Mikael Hakkarainen from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury appeared in 192 games over four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights after being selected during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He posted a 117-60-14 record to go with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage and helped lead the franchise to a Stanley Cup Final appearance during the team’s inaugural season. He also recorded 23 shutouts while with the Golden Knights, the most in the NHL since the start of the 2017-18 season. During the 2020-21 season, the Sorel, Quebec native was named the Vezina Trophy winner after ranking third in the NHL in wins (26), goals-against average (1.98), save percentage (.928) and shutouts (6) in 36 appearances. The 36-year-old, who also captured the first William M. Jennings Trophy of his career, yielded two or fewer goals in 25 of his 36 outings (69.4%) en route to posting the best goals-against average and save percentage of his 17-season NHL career. Fleury ranks third all-time with 492 victories during his NHL career.

Hakkarainen split the 2020-21 season with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, appearing in 12 games and recording an assist. The Helsinki, Finland native was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/21 at 12:22 PM ET

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This town is PISSED.  Seriously.  Talked to a couple of fans here in Vegas and they’re equally in shock in HOW it was delivered:  that MAF had to find out via Twitter instead of doing it man-to-man behind closed doors.  Not the Vegas way to do things.  The fans would have settled for a buyout:  2 years at half the AAV per year.  They would have been cool with that. 

MacCrimmon sleazed.  That’s all he did.

Anyhoohoo, here’s hoping MAF retires instead.  I really thought VGK had all the right things in place until the Habs exposed who had the better fourth line.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/27/21 at 01:12 PM ET

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What is it with Fluery and teams doing him dirty?

Damn.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 07/27/21 at 01:16 PM ET

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This kind of stuff is going to make it tough when Vegas tries to sign UFAs.  This is bad for business.

My guess is he won’t show up to Chicago, and I wouldn’t blame him one bit.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/27/21 at 01:36 PM ET

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More and more talk saying Fleury does not want to play in Chicago.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/21 at 01:57 PM ET

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Wow, that’s some bull. He deserves better

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/27/21 at 03:01 PM ET

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The GM said they never tell a player he has been traded until the trade call is done.

He said he did keep MAF and his agent up to date and on July 12th mentioned to them Chicago has interest.

Said trade leaked today before he could tell to Fleury.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/21 at 03:04 PM ET

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I’m betting MAF retires, and why not? He has nothing left to prove, and Chicago is a cesspool.

Posted by pnwwing on 07/27/21 at 03:10 PM ET

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Not the Vegas way to do things

Apparently it is.  big surprise

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 07/27/21 at 03:44 PM ET

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He really upped his game in Vegas. Wasn’t very good in Pittsburgh. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 07/27/21 at 08:54 PM ET

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