The Minnesota Wild had their Stanley Cup playoff run end after just one round. General manager Bill Guerin went for broke and made some big moves. One of those moves was for a veteran goalie and there’s hope of a Marc-Andre Fleury signing by the Wild.
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Wild Interested in Marc-Andre Fleury Signing
TSN’s Darren Dreger said the Wild are interested in bringing back the champion goalie next season. Dreger added that Fleury and Cam Talbot would form the goaltending duo for the Wild if Guerin had his way.
Fleury came from the Chicago Blackhawks at the deadline in effort to give Minnesota help in net. He went 11-9-2 with a .910 save percentage and 2.74 goals-against-average. Minnesota looked like they shored up one of their more uncertain positions. However, the St. Louis Blues beat the Wild in six games.
The 37-year-old goalie started the first five games of that series, but coach Dean Evason went with Talbot in the final game. Some questioned the move as Fleury is a multiple-time Stanley Cup winner.
Fleury is an unrestricted free agent and would garner plenty of interest. However, he has mulled over the idea of retirement in the last couple of season.
What it Means
Fleury and Talbot would likely see a split in the crease due to the former’s age. However, there’s the question of cap space. The Wild are carrying plenty of dead cap space thanks to the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts. Minnesota will carry over $12.7 million in dead space next season and that will bump up to over $14.7 for the next two years after.
The Wild would love Fleury to come back, but they may not have the money to make it happen. There are plenty of teams that would love to get a future Hall of Famer and may afford to throw a little more money at Fleury. He’ll likely see a decrease from the $7 million he was making from his last contract. However, he could attract a decent wage in one of his final contracts.
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