For all the dramatic and breathtaking media reports and NHL trade rumors that former Vegas Cavaliers and Pittsburgh Penguins goalkeeper Mark-Andre Fleury will not report to the Chicago Blackhawks after the trade last week, Fleury Will report to Chicago indeed.
Mark Andre Fleury is about to play.
This is what I was told. Is it true…I think so. hope so. pic.twitter.com/NHgMHxSzae
-Chief (@BarstoolChief) July 30, 2021
The 36-year-old Fleury is the defending champion of the Zina Cup. The general manager of the Las Vegas Golden Cavaliers, Kelly McCrimon, triggered a public fight with Fleury’s agent, Alan Walsh, by trading Fleury to Chicago. Walsh accused McCrimon of not informing Fleury of the transaction and tweeted after the transaction was known to the public that no one had called Fleury.
This kind of disrespect for important veterans is taboo in hockey games.
However, McCrimon later claimed in his press conference that he let Fleury and Walsh know about every team inquired, including Chicago.
Fleury will be the undisputed starter for the Chicago Blackhawks, which is different from Vegas, where he is in qualifying with Robin Rainer. Chicago has made significant progress this offseason by selecting defensive players Seth Jones and forward Taylor Johnson on the NHL market. They also signed free agents Jake McCabe and Jujhar Khaira.
Chicago hired an independent investigator to investigate the organization’s cover-up of a video coach’s allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault nearly a decade ago, and was able to trade defenders Duncan Keith and Nikita Zadarov to eliminate Salary cap space. However, the team is still about $1.4 million above the ceiling. According to PuckPedia.com.
With Fleury’s goal and Jones on the blue line, the appearance and personality of the Blackhawks are completely different from those of recent seasons.
Fleury has one season left on his contract and has an annual salary of $7 million. Kevin Rankinen is a substitute.