Time is now for Vegas to deal Marc-André Fleury

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Marc-André Fleury has spent the last three seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights. But, if he’s going to be moved, watch for it to potentially happen this off-season.

It’s going to be tricky to move Fluery. However, it can happen.

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-André Fleury smiles after blocking a shot against Vancouver Canucks
Marc-André Fleury smiles after blocking a shot against Vancouver Canucks (Getty Images)

He has a high salary. However, there’s ways to get around that, as high priced players have been traded under the league’s salary cap.

By trading Fleury, the Golden Knights can retain 50%, while the other team retains the rest of the salary. That’s, of course, if that’s what the other team elects to do in the deal.

He is slated to make $6.5 million for the 2020-21 season. Then, for the following season in 2021-22, he will make $6 million.

Fleury has a 9.32% cap hit for the 2020-21 season. However, in 2021-22, it increases to 10.92%.

He has a modified no-trade clause in his contract. Therefore, there are 10 teams that he cannot be traded to in his contract.

The Sorel, Quebec, Canada native was the team’s featured netminder during the regular season. However, during the playoffs, head coach Peter DeBoer elected to change his mind.

Netminder Robin Lehner was used the most, as he received 16 starts. Fluery received just four.

Due to DeBoer’s decision to start Lehner, Fleury’s agent was not pleased. He even put out a tweet on social meda, before the veteran asked him to receive it.

Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh posted a picture of Fluery on Twitter. The picture had a sword going through his client’s back with the words ‘DeBoer’ on it.

“Regarding that picture, I just wanted to say that Allan has been my agent for a long time,” said Fleury. “I’ve known him since I was 15 and I really appreciate his passion for the game. I think it was a way to defend me for not playing much, but I’m here to win with my team.”

If the Golden Knights re-sign Lehner, like they are expected to do, then watch for the team to attempt to deal Fleury. Despite his age, there would be interest from teams for his services.

In the playoffs, before the Golden Knights were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the Dallas Stars, Lehner was 9-7 in 16 starts. He had a 1.99 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.

Fleury, on the other hand, went 3-1 in four starts. He had a 2.27 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.

The Golden Knights will also have to make several roster moves with Chandler Stephenson, Tomáš Nosek, Nick Cousins, Jon Merrill, Deryk Engelland, and Lehner, as their free agents. Both Stephenson and Cousins are restricted free agents, which means they will have up to seven days to match an offer sheet from another team.

Right now, Vegas has right now approx. $5 million in cap space. General Manager Kelly McCrimmon will have some tough decisions to make and clear cap space to even have a chance to retain their current group of free agents.

That’s why we believe McCrimmon will look at dealing Fluery to free up cap space to potentially sign the others, who are free agents.

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