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A Three-Year Extension For Marc-Andre Fleury

 

added 11:55am, Vegas press release is below.

VEGAS (July 13, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, July 13, that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season worth an average annual value of $7 million.

 

Fleury will be available to the media on Friday, July 13 at 12 noon PT at City National Arena (1550 S. Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135). The Golden Knights Communications Staff will provide a transcript of the availability and those interested can email Eric Tosi (etosi@vegasgoldenknights.com) for the transcript.

 

Fleury, 33, backstopped the Golden Knights to the Pacific Division title and an appearance in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. During the 2017-18 regular season, Fleury won 29 games, including his 400th NHL victory, and posted four shutouts. He had the best statistical regular season of his career with a goals-against average of 2.24 and a save percentage of .927. He won 13 games during the playoff run and recorded a .927 save percentage with a 2.24 goals-against average.

 

The Sorel, Quebec native has 404 career wins in 737 games between the Pittsburgh Penguins (691 games) and Golden Knights (46 games). He ranks 11th in victories in NHL history and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion.

 

Fleury was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft on June 21 from the Penguins. Pittsburgh selected Fleury with the first overall selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury, Goalie

Country: Canada

Birthplace: Sorel, Quebec

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 180 lbs.

Age: 33

Draft: Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (1st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Notes:

- Had a career-high statistical season with the Vegas Golden Knights (29-13-4) with a 2.24 goals-against average and .927 save percentage during the 2017-18 regular season

- Appeared in all 20 games (13-7) for the Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

- Collected career win No. 400 against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 12, 2018

- Claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights from the Pittsburgh Penguins in Expansion Draft on June 21, 2017

- In 737 games, owns a 404-229-2-70 record a 2.56 goals-against average and .913 save percentage through 12 seasons

- Three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017)

- Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

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TreKronor's avatar

Wait a second.  So he has one season left on his current contract.  It’s safe to say he’s going to be hard pressed to beat his numbers from last season (46 GP, 2.24GAA, .927%), and Vegas locks him in NOW????  Why not wait until next season is over when he should be cheaper.  He’ll be a UFA but he’s been Vegas’s champion - he’s not leaving.

And on top of this…he’ll be 37 when this contract expires. 

Good for you Fleury.  Bad on you McPhee.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/13/18 at 11:41 AM ET

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Bad on you McPhee.

Maybe that’s not a judgement that shouldn’t be made a year before the contract even starts.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/13/18 at 12:07 PM ET

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Maybe that’s not a judgement that shouldn’t be made a year before the contract even starts.

Right, so he made it. Whats the problem?

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/13/18 at 12:34 PM ET

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Maybe that’s not a judgement that shouldn’t be made a year before the contract even starts.

Yeah, TK, you should know better than to judge a contract in the comments section of a hockey news website. Even if you make a lot of sense.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/13/18 at 01:02 PM ET

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One definitely has to wonder if it would have cost Vegas $1 more to just wait this season out. They should have at least gotten a discount for giving him 3 more years. Instead they are paying him like a top flight goalie entering his prime.

With all the cap space they will probably have for the next few years, it shouldn’t harm the organization much but it is a bit odd.

Posted by evileye on 07/13/18 at 01:21 PM ET

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It’s definitely an overpay. Yes, he’s the face of the franchise, and he went on an incredible run in the playoffs, but he won’t be doing that again, guaranteed. And there’s not another team in the league that would be willing to pay him near that much. And especially since the team didn’t really miss a beat when he was hurt and out for a decent chunk of the season—it didn’t seem to matter much WHO was in goal for that stretch.

They have tons of cap space, tho, and the term isn’t crazy, I guess. But seems he’d have likely gone for $5mil/per and been completely happy with it.

Posted by Steeb on 07/13/18 at 02:09 PM ET

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Vegas might have caught lightening in a bottle a little bit, but they were
a pretty solid team even on paper going into last season. On the ice and coached by Gallant, they’re a contender.

Not too much has changed. They should still be a contender in the West.

Maybe you don’t need to do that deal right now, but it takes care
of any distractions or uncertainty. No one behind him is really ready
to take on anywhere near the same responsibility - though they did a
good job filling in.

Obviously in bringing in a guy like Stastny they are trying to win now without
mortgaging too much of the future. I would want to know a consistent winner like
Fleury was locked up - and maybe the career-span of a top goalie has decreased a little since Hasek and Brodeur, but 37 is not that old. The price is fair and he’s not only a big personality in terms of fan appeal, he’s a popular guy who helps the chemistry of the whole team. More importantly, he’s stopping pucks as well as he ever has. His numbers might not be quite as good going forward, but it’s not like he’s someone you expect to really regress. He’s a known quantity. He’s been a difference maker for a while. And now they know he’s not going anywhere for the next four seasons and can plan and continue to add talent as needed with that foundation in place. I’d do that deal.

Posted by Lefty30 on 07/13/18 at 11:29 PM ET

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Congrats to Fleury, well earned. I think Vegas will be happy on their end as well; 4 more years of Fleury = a nice first 5 seasons for your new franchise.  For the people thinking Fleury’s comparables would receive a $5M or $6-AAV contract, I suggest you compare a second time.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/15/18 at 12:41 PM ET

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