With the NHL trade deadline now less than 24 hours away, rumors are beginning to pick up regarding the future of Chicago Blackhawks’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. On Saturday night, both Elliotte Friedman and The Athletic’s Michael Russo reported that the Minnesota Wild are making a push to acquire Fleury ahead of Monday’s 2:00 p.m. deadline.
“According to multiple sources, general manager Bill Guerin has once again investigated the prices of goaltenders around the NHL and has zeroed in on potentially acquiring the Blackhawks future Hall of Game goaltender,” Russo wrote in his column. “Remember, prior to signing Cam Talbot to a three-year contract in 2020, the Wild attempted to acquire Fleury from the [Vegas] Golden Knights.”
Friedman on TNT
In addition to these reports, Friedman was also a guest on TNT Sunday afternoon and claimed there is now a greater than 50 percent chance of Fleury getting traded to Minnesota.
According to Russo, Minnesota is one of the few teams that Fleury would be willing to depart Chicago for. One interesting tidbit to note is that Fleury and Guerin were former teammates with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup together in 2009. Could their relationship be enough for Fleury to move his family once again, just a few months after debating whether or not to come to Chicago in the first place?
However, another intriguing part of these rumors is that Guerin supposedly does not want to part ways with a future first-round pick. With Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson currently not having a first-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, that’s rumored to be the asking price for the 37-year-old netminder.
Even with all these recent reports, Fleury is still scheduled to be in net for the Blackhawks in their meeting against the Winnipeg Jets later this afternoon. Puck drop is slated for 6:00 p.m CDT at the United Center.
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