Thu. Oct 1st, 2020

From Renaud Lavoie:

 

So it looks like Marc-Andre Fleury will indeed be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. The question is will he actually play for them?

Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

If you take a step back for a moment and consider Vegas’ position what makes more sense from their standpoint. Select the soon to be 33 yr old MAF and let him be your starting goalie OR trade him for a considerable return now while he still has value? Seems like a no-brainer. Problem is, Fleury has a NMC that still applies to every other team other than Vegas so if he were to be traded he could control where he would go.

Would Fleury be open to moving to another team or would he like to be the starting goalie of an Expansion team? Hard to imagine he wants to stay in Vegas with him getting up in age. You would think he would want to play for a contender and get back at Pittsburgh if at all possible but who would be willing to take a chance on him and give up a significant piece to acquire him? IMO, the Philadelphia Flyers would.

Hear me out. Now even though I am an Oilers fan, I follow the Flyers a lot every year as my Dad is a huge fan and is constantly drilling it into my head. They have a wonderful collection of talented forwards up front, young defencemen on the back end with more coming in the system but lack consistency in goal. With the expiring contracts they have & the money they are spending on their top players in their prime now is the time for them to get a Top flight goalie and make a run at the Cup. They certainly have the talent to do it but are missing that one key piece – goaltending. That is unless of course you think Neuvirth and/or Stolarz are the answer next year.

So here we are, the Philadelphia Flyers sitting with a coveted #2 overall pick and a huge need in goal and the Vegas Golden Knights with a huge piece in goal with a need for a possible Franchise player. If you follow me on Twitter you’ve already heard me propose a Philly & Vegas deal. I think it would be a great trade for both teams and makes a whole lot of sense. Here’s what I proposed:

Philly trades #2 overall pick & Andrew MacDonald to Vegas for

Marc-Andre Fleury, 6th overall pick

From Vegas’ standpoint it would mean they would get one of Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier – a potential franchise player. They would also have to take Andrew MacDonald’s contract which I’m sure they’d gladly do if it meant getting #2 pick. They’d also lose 33 yr old Fleury but will likely be selecting other promising goalies that should help offset that.

The Flyers would be giving up a potential franchise forward but they already have so much invested in their forward group already in Giroux, Simmonds, Voracek, Schenn, Konecny, Couturier it wouldnt be a huge blow. They’d still get a quality player at #6 in a draft deep at the Center position. It would be huge for them to shed MacDonald’s salary and acquire a Franchise goalie (even if just for a couple years) until some of their other young goalie prospects like Sandstrom, Hart and Lyon are ready. They would immediately be Stanley Cup contenders next year.

 

From Fleury’s standpoint, he gets to stay in-state which means he doesn’t have to move, his kids don’t have to switch schools, he is still close to home. Not to mention he gets a chance to stick it to the defending Champs and play for a contender himself. It almost makes too much sense not to happen.

When you look around the league the only other team that can compete with Philly as far as attractability and competitiveness is Calgary. Would Fleury be willing to move his family Canada or would he prefer to stay in Pennsylvania? Only he knows. If I were a betting man (I am) I would think that IF Vegas does flip Fleury to another team to acquire more assets, him going to Philadelphia is the obvious choice. As a pure hockey fan I think they would be great for that rivalry.

 

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