Marc-Andre Fleury and the Hawks may be nearing a decision on his future

Published March 1, 2022 at 10:53 PM

With the Chicago Blackhawks not in the playoff picture this season and entering into a rebuild, many around the league have believed it only makes sense for 37-year-old pending UFA Marc-Andre Fleury to be traded prior to the NHL's March 21st trade deadline.

On Tuesday, Chris Johnston of TSN reported on Insider Trading that Fleury was leaning towards staying in Chicago for the remainder of the season. The veteran goalie does have some say in what happens, having clause in his contract that allows him to submit a 10-team no trade list.

There are still 3 weeks before a final decision needs to be made between both Fleury and the Hawks. Perhaps part of the reason he's more likely to stay put is that his preferred destination(s) may not have a requirement for a goaltender, but that's just pure speculation.

One of the teams who might be looking at different options in net is the Washington Capitals. The issue with that is, would Fleury even consider it? After all, he spent 13 seasons with their biggest rival in Pittsburgh. I can't imagine that would be his ideal destination. He was rumoured to have blocked a trade to Washington earlier this season as well.

Fleury is one of the most popular goalies amongst both players and fans. Should a team find a way to add Fleury, it would be a massive get considering that he has a ton of experience while also having won multiple Cups. He will definitely be one of the biggest names to keep an eye on over the next few weeks as the deadline approaches.

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