By Adrian Dater | | 5 mins
Marc-Andre Fleury Trade Odds: Will Toronto Make A Deal?
The NHL trade deadline is this coming Monday, and, while there have been some decent-sized trades in the last few days, the big fish are still on the open market. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Chicago Blackhawks is one of those big fish.
Whether or not the reigning Vezina Trophy winner will actually be on the move by Monday is an unsettled question at this point. Reports are suggesting Fleury may not want to be traded after all, and he holds the cards on some of that with a partial no-trade clause.
It’s understood that the only way Fleury would consent to a trade is to a real contender for the Stanley Cup. He’s 37 and has made a lot of money in his long career. He has no interest in going to a team on a rebuild.
That, by itself, makes it a short list of potential suitors for the man nicknamed “Flower.” Let’s take a look at our projected NHL odds for a potential landing spot for Flower:
Marc-Andre Fleury Next Team Odds
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+150|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+5000|
Fleury To The Toronto Maple Leafs?
The Maple Leafs currently have about $3.5 million in cap space, so fitting Fleury’s $7 million cap hit would require either a medium-sized contract going back to Chicago or the Blackhawks retaining half his salary, or both.
Toronto’s top goalie, Jack Campbell, is currently out with a rib injury. While he’s expected back later this month, his play had dipped a fair amount before the injury. That led many to believe the Leafs would give Chicago a good offer for Fleury’s services as the No. 1 guy for the playoffs. If Fleury wants to play for a contender, not to mention in front of a bunch of rabid, Cup-hungry fans, Toronto would be a good spot.
Reports have surfaced that Chicago’s main ask is for a first-round pick and maybe another good prospect. That would seem to be very doable for Toronto, and adding Fleury would really energize the fan base. With the launch of Ontario sports betting set for April 4, this would be huge for the city and the team going into the playoffs.
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Fleury To The Boston Bruins?
While Jeremy Swayman has done a nice job with the Boston Bruins as their top guy since Tuukka Rask retired, his playoff experience is all of one game, in relief duty last season.
With Fleury, you’d get a goalie with oodles of playoff experience, and three Stanley Cup championships to his name. Yeah, he was the backup to Matt Murray in Pittsburgh for two of those Cups, but he’s used to big, pressure games. Swayman isn’t.
Don’t be shocked if the Bruins make a nice offer for Fleury.
Fleury To The Edmonton Oilers?
Edmonton desperately needs a better goalie. Fleury would certainly be a great upgrade for the Oilers.
But this is a real long shot, because Edmonton might not even make the playoffs and it’s a bad defense Fleury would play in front of, too. For Canadian sports betting fans, the Maple Leafs are a much more likely destination than Edmonton.
Fleury To The Colorado Avalanche?
The only way I can see the Avs making a big pitch for Fleury is if Darcy Kuemper gets seriously hurt before the deadline. Sure, that could happen. But the Avs only have one game before the deadline, and I don’t think Kuemper will even start that one.
Kuemper’s play of late - and remember, the Avs gave up a lot to get him last summer - has eliminated any thoughts of GM Joe Sakic potentially considering Fleury.
Fleury To The Vegas Golden Knights?
I’ve covered the NHL for 27 years, and nothing surprises me anymore. Supposedly, things ended badly between Fleury and the Golden Knights, the team he took to a Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals their first year in town.
But now the Golden Knights are floundering, top goalie Robin Lehner has been hurt much of the season and, well, they could use a better goalie.
Would Fleury and the Knights bury the hatchet? Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon said his team would not re-acquire Fleury, but that was a few weeks ago. As I said, nothing surprises me in this business.
Fleury To Remain With the Chicago Blackhawks?
Fleury has several young children and his family is ensconced in the Chicago area. If he were to be traded to any place he doesn't like, he would be a very unhappy camper. He thought about retiring last summer, too.
He may be tired of moving and might just want to stay a Blackhawk. He’s won three Cups and made nearly $84 million in his career. That might be good enough to call it a career.