Are we in the midst of a third Marc-Andre Fleury renaissance?
There are few stories more intriguing around the National Hockey League than what’s going on in the Vegas Golden Knights’ crease.
Fleury, the team’s first face of the franchise and the primary reason why they challenged for a Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, has seen his numbers wane over the past couple of seasons. It prompted the Golden Knights front office to make an aggressive move last season, acquiring talented Swedish goaltender Robin Lehner. By the end of the year, Lehner had pushed the three-time Stanley Cup winner out of the starting position and firmly onto the trade block.
In a perfect and less cap restrictive world, a platoon of Fleury and Lehner would have been as desirable as any goaltending unit in the league. But the salaries of both – and Vegas’ desire to add talent in preparation for another championship run – pushed Fleury to the fringes of the organizational plan. If not for a flat salary cap due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely the veteran goalie would have been moved.
But those trades never materialized. And somehow, it’s worked out in Vegas’ favour.