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Afternoon Line- Eric Duhatschek On Marc-Andre Fleury

"At this stage of Marc-Andre Fleury's career I have a hard time believing Murray is the guy they're making available. They're going to have cap issues going forward, every team does that has high-end guys like [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin that you're committed to for a long, long period of time.

"I think what you'll see is that, if they announce the expansion draft in June in Las Vegas, that will be one of players whose names will be out there. People [in Calgary] are gonna have to evaluate... is Marc-Andre Fleury the guy you need to get you to the next point?"

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail via Sportsnet (Sportsnet 960 The Fan) where you can read more on this.

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Maybe they wait for Matt Murray to prove something before deciding to jettison Fleury.  There’s still a lot of hockey to be played before Murray is crowned the rookie goalie who led the Pens to a Stanley Cup win.

Posted by Garth on 05/17/16 at 02:14 PM ET

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I’d think they’d want to give Murray more time next season to show he can be the full-time starter.  Heck, look at what’s his name in Ottawa and how he tore it up at the end of 2015.  Then he fell to the wayside the next season.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/17/16 at 02:31 PM ET

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I agree. Plus we need Calgary to take Howard off the Red Wings’ hands so no trade for you Pittsburgh; wait for the expansion draft.

Posted by AZWinger on 05/17/16 at 03:14 PM ET

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Plus we need Calgary to take Howard off the Red Wings’ hands so no trade for you Pittsburgh; wait for the expansion draft.

+1

Posted by Garth on 05/17/16 at 03:20 PM ET

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It’ll be interesting to see how the expansion draft is structured. You might see teams specifically hold off on trades in anticipation of making those players available via the draft.

Posted by evileye on 05/17/16 at 03:46 PM ET

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Exactly. Conceivably the Wings could hold on to Howard for that purpose as well. This plus keeping Datsyuk on the roster through training camp (presuming he really won’t be back) would also maximize the LTIR benefit of Franzen’s salary if they stay at the cap ceiling.

Really it’ll come down to what the rules of the draft will be and what #13 decides…

Posted by AZWinger on 05/17/16 at 03:53 PM ET

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I can see the expansion draft as a fallback, but I can’t see why the Wings would opt not to trade Howard at all.  Nobody knows who is going to be available and sitting on him in hopes that he’d get expansion dread is too passive even for Ken Holland.

Plus, Howard is a good goalie who absolutely has some trade value, why ignore that and wait a year to “hopefully” lose him for nothing?

Posted by Garth on 05/17/16 at 04:37 PM ET

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I didn’t say it was a *good* idea. I’m trying the think like KH; hold on to a player until the last possible moment, then lose him for nothing. smile

Posted by AZWinger on 05/17/16 at 04:43 PM ET

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“I’d think they’d want to give Murray more time next season to show he can be the full-time starter.  Heck, look at what’s his name in Ottawa and how he tore it up at the end of 2015.  Then he fell to the wayside the next season.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/17/16 at 03:31 PM ET “

In a perfect world, that’s what they would do, but there’s a couple things that might end up forcing the Penguins hand in the goaltender protection rules in expansion and Marc-Andre’s nutso agent Alan Walsh.

That said, Andrew Hammond isn’t a good parallel for Matt Murray. Hammond was a middling sort of college/ahl unkown who came up to the NHL and caught fire. In Murray’s single season in the AHL, he was basically Dominik Hasek.

That a guy’s historically dominant at the AHL level doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily be the same way in the long haul at the next, but that Murray could challenge for the starting job in the near future was not entirely unexpected. Hamburgler literally came out of nowhere (then returned to nowhere after 50 games).

Posted by larry on 05/18/16 at 02:40 AM ET

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I didn’t say it was a *good* idea. I’m trying the think like KH; hold on to a player until the last possible moment, then lose him for nothing.

Hah, fair enough, I hadn’t thought of that.

Posted by Garth on 05/18/16 at 10:15 AM ET

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