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Marc Andre Fleury trade becoming likely, insider reveals team emerging as front runner

Published January 19, 2024 at 1:45 PM
At 39 years old and likely in his final season, Marc-Andre Fleury is still regarded as one of the most elite goaltenders in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild are falling out of a playoff spot this year, and now it's becoming possible that the team explores a trade to give the veteran a final chance at a Stanley Cup this season - and also because starting goaltenders are in high demand.

With just this year left on his contract for $3.5M, Fleury is an extremely attractive trade target for multiple contending teams, but now according to Elliotte Friedman, one team is emerging as the front runner to land him at the trade deadline.

Friedman's phrasing and mention of the Colorado Avalanche as one of the teams checking in on Fleury definitely leads to them being one of the primary candidates vying to trade for Fleury. With Alexander Georgiev, Fleury could form an incredible talent that could carry a team through a long playoff run.

Fleury's had a bit of a down year this season, posting a 2.97 GAA and .897 save percentage in 22 games. However, with his Stanley Cup experience and his undeniable talent, he's still capable of being a winning goaltender, especially on a better team.

The Edmonton Oilers might also be thought to be one of the teams connected to Fleury, but that doesn't seem to be the case. The Oilers have been incredibly hot with their tandem of Skinner and Pickard, and with Campbell showing signs of improvement in the minors, the Oilers may be fine with their goalie depth and look to add to the roster elsewhere.
January 19   |   405 answers
Marc Andre Fleury trade becoming likely, insider reveals team emerging as front runner

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