Fleury has “a lot of time” before the trade deadline to speak with Blackhawks

Chicago — Marc-Andre Fleury He said he believes his agent, Alan Walsh, has spoken with the Chicago Blackhawks about the 2022 NHL trade deadline, but the goalkeeper has yet to do so.

“I wasn’t personally [talked with Chicago]The 37-year-old said on Wednesday, “No, there’s not much to add to that. I’m sure we will, right? But the deadline is still weeks away, a month later. We still have a lot of time.”

The deadline to trade is March 21.

Fleury is in the final season of a three-year, $21 million ($7 million average annual value) contract signed with the Vegas Golden Knights on July 13, 2018 and can be an unrestricted free agent. He said his focus remains on trying to win games for the Blackhawks (18-25-8), but that the chance of winning a fourth Stanley Cup championship is clearly the target if he is traded.

“If I move, I’m hoping for a chance to win,” Florey said. “That’s what I play for and that’s what I love. But like I said, it’s still big at this point.”

Florey, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017), said he’d like to play another season in the NHL. He made 29 saves in a 1-0 penalty shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday and is 16-17-4 with a 2.80 goal-to-average, .912 save percentage and four lockouts in 37 games for the Blackhawks, who have 12 points. Eliminated in a Stanley Cup playoff in the Western Conference.

“I don’t have much left, do I? So enjoy this season and hopefully next season again,” Fleury said. “After that, I don’t know.”

Although the Golden Knights without goalkeeper No. 1 Robin Liner With an upper body injury, general manager Kelly McCremon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday that there was “absolutely no credibility” for a potential deal that would allow Florey to return to Vegas, where he played four seasons before being traded to Chicago. On July 27.

“I usually don’t talk (formally) about such things,” McCremon said. “But there will be a lot of anger about this, it’s important to let people know that this is not going to happen.”

Fleury was 117-60-14 with 2.41 GAA, .917 saves and 23 closings in 192 regular season games after being selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He was 28-19 with 2.25 GAA and .920 saves And six lockouts in 47 post-season games and helped Vegas reach the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, a five-game loss to the Washington Capitals. He served as Lehner’s support as Vegas advanced to the 2020 Western Conference Final, losing six games to the Dallas Stars.

Last season, Florey won the Vezina Cup voted the NHL’s best goalkeeper after being 26-10-0 with a 1.98 GAA, .928 save percentage and six lockouts in 36 games. The Golden Knights lost the Stanley Cup semi-finals to the Montreal Canadiens in six games.

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