The Chicago Blackhawks traded Marc-Andre Fleury to the Minnesota Wild on Monday ahead of the NHL trade deadline.
The 37-year-old goaltender has a modified 10-team no-trade clause attached to the final season of a three-year, $21 million contract ($7 million average annual value). He signed with the Vegas Golden Knights on July 13, 2018 and could be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Fleury is 19-21-5 with a 2.95 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and four shutouts in 45 games for the Blackhawks, who are 21 points out of Stanley Cup Playoffs position in the Western Conference. Chicago acquired the reigning Vezina Trophy winner from Vegas for prospect Mikael Hakkarainen.
Fleury will now join a contender in Minnesota to pursue his fourth Stanley Cup championship. He won three championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017).
What’s Next in Chicago’s Goal?
The trade leaves the Blackhawks with goaltenders Kevin Lankinen, Collin Delia, Arvid Soderblom, and Cale Morris under NHL contracts. Lankinen and Delia each could be unrestricted free agents, while Morris could be a restricted free agent. Soderblom is under contract for the 2022-23 NHL season.
Delia, Lankinen, and Soderblom have each played NHL games this season, while Morris has split time between the AHL and ECHL.
Lankinen: (17 GP, 3.51 GAA, .889 SV%)
Delia: (2 GP, 3.10 GAA, .904 SV%)
Soderblom: (3 GP, 5.00 GAA, .863 SV%)The Blackhawks have 18 games remaining this season until their season finale Friday, April 29 at the Buffalo Sabres.
It appears the net is Lankinen’s for the rest of the season. However, the battle to see who gets to be his backup will be an interesting development.
UPDATE (10:51 a.m.):
The Blackhawks are retaining 50% of Fleury’s salary. With that news, the Blackhawks are retaining $3.5 million of Fleury’s contract for the remainder of the season.
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