OK, that maybe sounds a little sinister, but the point is that Fleury wants “his” net back.
“I love Pittsburgh, and the Penguins are my team; I want to stay with them for the rest of my career,” Fleury said. “I had some good conversations with management after the season. Nothing is written in stone. I want to come to camp ready to win my job back. I have to get back to the same level of play and help the team, win games.”
Shortly after Murray fueled the Penguins’ title run, people asked Fleury about his future in Pittsburgh, a question he put off.
There’s always the chance that a trade could happen out of the blue, but at the moment, it looks like Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is sticking to his plan to begin the 2016-17 season with both Fleury and Murray on the roster.
While the Pens received calls about Fleury, trading him would be difficult.
His $5.75 million cap hit wouldn’t be the easiest thing to absorb, and his limited no-trade clause means he can reject a move to 12 different teams.
Let’s not forget that the Penguins won a Cup with Fleury in the net, too (in case that save against Nicklas Lidstrom slipped your mind).
As valuable as Murray is, the circumstances may give Fleury a real chance to make this either a platoon situation or even wrestle the No. 1 gig back.
Long story short, this story might go on a little longer than some might expect.
(H/T to The Score.)