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from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Recently, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford indicated that the club’s starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury would enter the 2014-15 season without a contract extension.
Rutherford said it was not an immediate priority to re-sign the 29-year-old netminder, who is heading into the last year of a seven-year, $35 million deal. His agent, Allan Walsh, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he had no problem with that, saying the decision was “of no consequence at all.”
But that doesn’t mean that the lack of a new deal won’t be in the back of Fleury’s mind when he enters training camp next month. His friend and former Penguins teammate Brent Johnson can only imagine the impact that situation might have if he were in Fleury’s skates.
“I believe, if that were me, I’d probably take it worse than Marc [has],” Johnson told ESPN.com in a recent telephone conversation. “It could weigh on your mind. I’m not saying it will, but it could.”
The 37-year-old Johnson, who backed up Fleury for three years and knows him about as well as anyone, thinks Fleury will handle it like a true professional. A player that Johnson describes as “outgoing” and “affable,” Fleury will likely keep any anxiety or unease he may have about the situation private, Johnson said. You won’t see him spouting off to the media or griping behind closed doors, he said. Fleury will want to make his statement in the crease, instead.
from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,
The questions came after a game that didn't count. And really, does anything count less than a scrimmage on the first day of training camp?
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had to answer them, though; when you whiff on the first three pucks you publicly face after your second consecutive playoff car crash, what else could happen? That's how memories work.
So, there Fleury sat in his end locker at Consol Energy Center, as he did in the spring, talking quietly to media members about what, exactly, is so difficult about being the goaltender for the Penguins.
Do you think you'll start on Oct. 4 against the New Jersey Devils, when the games actually begin to matter?
"I've worked hard, and I hope so," Fleury said. "I love to play, I love the game and I hope I can be in there, play good and give the guys a chance to win some games."
Those of you who have read my blogs over the years know that I have always been very complimentary of how the Pittsburgh Penguins treat their fans… at least most of the time anyway.
They have always done a number of things to make the fans feel involved such as having town hall meetings to keep them posted on the rebuild that went on a few years back, generous giveaways such as the popular “Shirts off their Backs” promotion that sees every Penguins’ player give away his game used jersey to a fan during a post-game ceremony following the final home game of the regular season and much more.
Though I try to avoid posting a lot of the same things that you might have already seen on the Penguins official site, I did receive the embed codes to the videos from today’s pressers from my predecessor, Tony Ferrante, so I figured that I would post them for you all. He was good enough to send them… I will post them!
I already wrote about Shero’s presser and shared pertinent quotes, but there is no harm in seeing the entire interviews… at this point, the most interesting commentary contained there in is likely to be Bylsma’s thoughts on some other injured players like Dustin Jeffrey and recent signee Jason Williams. However, it is worth hearing the optimism that I mentioned in Shero’s voice for yourselves…