Fleury and Murray were emotional during Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup celebration on Sunday night. Ultimately, they made a decision to hang onto the netminder because, as GM Jim Rutherford put it, they wanted "to have two healthy and fresh goalies going into the playoffs".
It turned out to be a shrewd move.
The NHL Expansion Draft will require teams to expose some very good players, especially goaltenders, since teams will only be allowed to protect one.
A hot name floated at March's trade deadline, the longtime Pens goalie has waived the no-movement clause in his contract, according to reports from Las Vegas, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and TVA Sports.
National Hockey League teams won't submit their protection lists for the expansion draft until Saturday morning, but the Vegas Golden Knights may have already found their goalie. It looks like Fleury could be a member of the Golden Knights in 2017-18. However, a trade with the Calgary Flames might make sense, since they need a goaltender to protect anyway. He also had a save percentage of.909, which is slightly below his career average. Should this be his last days in a Penguins sweater, he can say he left the city in much better shape than it was when he got there.
He had nine of Pittsburgh's 16 wins and a.924 save percentage before Mike Sullivan chose to go back to the younger Murray versus Ottawa.
Fleury, 32, is signed through next season with a cap hit of $5.75 million.