Golden Knights don’t trade Fleury, will use two-goalie tandem with Lehner

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The Vegas Golden Knights won’t trade Marc-Andre Fleury this offseason, and instead intend to use a two-goaltender tandem that also includes Robin Lehner, general manager Kelly McCrimmon told reporters on Monday night.

“We see that the position of the goaltenders is extremely important this year,” said McCrimmon. “Our goalkeepers will be Robin and Marc-André. We are all waiting for a schedule that will be extremely compressed. “
“Have we looked at a number of possibilities? Of course, we did. But that was, in the end, the decisions we made to move forward.

Rumors had swirled about Fleury’s long-term prospects in Vegas since the 2020 trade deadline, when Vegas acquired Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks, and gathered pace when Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh posted. a controversial image on social media of the three-time Stanley Cup winner. stabbing the back with a sword with Head Coach Peter DeBoer’s name on it.

The Golden Knights ceiling situation worsened, which became tense after Lehner’s re-signing to a five-year, $ 25 million contract and the high-priced acquisition of Alex Pietrangelo.

Fleury, who turns 36 in November and has two years left on a contract with a cap of $ 7 million, had previously said he would like to remain a Gold Knight. The plan, for now at least, seems to make that desire a reality.

McCrimmon also announced that Lehner would undergo surgery to “cleanse” his shoulder, but that he would have to return by the start of training camp.

In 49 games with the Golden Knights last season, Fleury was 27-16-5 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

“When we spoke to our pro staff, our pro staff really reiterated how important it was to have the two goalies that we have for our team and how important they will be this year,” said McCrimmon. “All of these contributions entered the discussion. Have we looked at a number of possibilities? Of course we did. But that was, in the end, the decisions we made to move forward.



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