Anyone who keeps up with an talk of NHL trades has heard that longtime Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fluery has been on the chopping block for years. This is old news. What separates this trade seasons from others is the fact that Fluery isn’t the Penguins starting goalie anymore, Matt Murray is, a rookie.
After a few disastrous years in the playoffs, Fluery had a lot to prove to the team and the fans, and he was doing just fine at it. That was until Murray came into the picture and took over the starting spot, being much more consistent than the veteran was.
As a Penguin fan, I have a soft spot in my heart for Fluery. Although he hasn’t had the best playoff runs in recent years, he has been a consistent regular season goalie. Not to mention he carried the Penguins to a Stanley Cup victory in 2009.
Even so, I understand that the Penguins just don’t have the room or money to be carrying two starting goaltenders, especially not at Fluery’s salary rate. Everything is pointing to this year being the year that Fluery departs the team he was drafted to, the team that made him what he is today and what he was at his best.
I have been hearing rumors that the Dallas Stars are in talks to bring the two time Stanley Cup winner to their floundering team in order to move up in the standings. This might be the best case scenario for everyone involved, the Stars get a talented and experienced goalie, Fluery gets the starting playing time he hasn’t been getting in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh clears up some cap space in order to maybe add another NHL quality defender to their team.
With the expansion draft looming on the horizon, it’s going to be interesting to see how a trade for Fluery plays out and how it will effect both teams involved. If Fluery does leave Pittsburgh, I wish him all the best and thank him for all he has done for my beloved team.