Marc-Andre Fleury Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation on Penguins Goalie

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury, right, takes a break during hockey practice at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Sunday May 29, 2016. The Penguins are preparing for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, May 30, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury appeared in only two postseason games as the team went on to win the 2016 Stanley Cup, and that has prompted trade speculation. 

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Rutherford Comments on Fleury Rumors

Tuesday, June 21

“I talked with Marc after things settled down after we won the Cup,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said, via Josh Yohe of DK Pittsburgh Sports. “There’s no push from him to be traded, and we aren’t pushing to trade him.”

“Absolutely,” Rutherford said when asked if Fleury and Matt Murray could split time next season. “That would be great.”

Flames Interested in Trading for Fleury

Thursday, June 16

Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reported Wednesday that Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has been in contact with Rutherford about a potential deal involving Fleury.

Murray Led Penguins to Title After Fleury's Injury

The 31-year-old veteran suffered a concussion March 30 and was experiencing lingering symptoms from it, which thrust Murray between the pipes toward the end of the regular season.

Murray played exceptionally well in the playoffs, posting a 15-6 record with a 2.08 GAA.

The only postseason contest Fleury started was Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which Pittsburgh lost 4-3 in overtime to go down 3-2 in the series. After that, Murray went in and allowed only three goals over the next two games to help the Pens advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's not easy when you're used to playing every night and you're on the bench, but I can't be selfish about it," said Fleury of being benched in the playoffs, per Francis. "The most important thing is winning."

Rutherford did say Thursday he hoped to have both netminders in the fold for next season, per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Dave Molinari @MolinariPG

Rutherford: I have not met with (Fleury) yet to see what he's feeling. In ideal world, would start season w/Fleury and Murray

Before the untimely head injury knocked Fleury out of the lineup for an extended period of time, he was as good as anyone at his position in the league. He wound up with a 35-17-6 record in 2015-16 with a 2.29 GAA.

But Fleury is due to count $5.75 million against the cap in each of the next three seasons, per Francis. Murray will only make $620,000 next season.

Pittsburgh is dealing with a delicate situation, and there is some risk going all-in on the 22-year-old Murray as the Penguins' goalie of the future. There's serious value to be had in trading Fleury, especially to a Flames team that yielded 3.1 goals per game this past season—the worst in the NHL.

A prospective trade involving Pittsburgh and Calgary would be highly beneficial for both sides. Fleury would be given a fresh start and an unquestioned starter's role, while the Pens would free up cap space and avoid a goaltender controversy as they gear up to defend the Stanley Cup.