Report(s): Marc-André Fleury Staying In Chicago… Or Going?
UPDATE(s): Steve Simmons apparently has no clue what he’s talking about. But his sources are both very good, and not in agreement.
After Simmons initially, confidently reported on Saturday evening, Marc-André Fleury wasn’t going anywhere. then he updated that with another “strong, reliable” source indicating Fleury was going to be traded.
MORE INFO THIS AM on MARC-ANDRE FLEURY— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) March 6, 2022
There are at least three teams talking to the Blackhawks about Fleury. Those teams believe Fleury is in play. Most would need the Hawks to take back some salary or take a bad contract in exchange.
This story seems to change by the moment.
According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun on Saturday night, goaltender Fleury has told the Blackhawks he wants to stay with the team through the end of the season.
Which means the biggest chip Kyle Davidson had heading into the trade deadline is, apparently, off the table.
Fleury has the ability to provide the Hawks with a ten-team no-trade list per his contract, but the organization agreed to honor his request if/when the time arrived to make a decision about the rest of his season.
A reminder for Blackhawks fans who are now going to take the easy route and blast Davidson: this wasn’t his call. It’s completely on Fleury to make this decision. He took his time deciding if he would even accept the trade from Vegas to Chicago in the first place over the summer. If he wants to play the remainder of this season — and this contract — in Chicago, Davidson will have plenty of conversations about the other players on his roster who could/should be available at the deadline.
24 thoughts on “Report(s): Marc-André Fleury Staying In Chicago… Or Going?”
Big mistake we need a first round pick it’s not about feelings it’s a business!
Hope he signs for 5 million next year !! Im good with this !!
Fleury is good ! An acrobat in the net ! Hall of fame bound ! When you talk of trades ,let’s roll the dice ! The Hawks have a new G M so we will see how he rolls and rolls them and who he gets rid of for what ! Pops 4
If Davidson is the GM it is his job to make the hawks better and to say it’s not Davidsons call to trade Fleury is laughable. Even more ridiculous is to acually believe that it’s completely on Fleury to make this decision. Fleury has the ability to provide the Hawks with a ten-team no-trade list per his contract.
Davidson can easily trade Fleury if he decides to do so. The only thing Fleury decided was weather he wanted to get paid six million that he would be owed by Chicago. Vegas traded Fleury to Chicago his choice was show up in Chicago and get paid or lose six million dollars. Fleury chose to get paid.
If Davidson doesn’t trade Fleury he is a complete fool.
Ben Pope is contradicting that report saying his sources say its not settled yet.
Most playoff teams are pretty set in goal.
If he wants to stay, his no trade list would list the most likely to want/need him. Ergo, he stays.
If he wants to stay and we find a taker, we may lose something valuable. Believability when promising something. If the Hawks (Blowman) promised him not to, and KD does, it will be a long time before the Hawks word will be believed.
agree with you 100%. sometimes life sucks. if getting traded to a stanley cup challenger is life sucking for fleury my sympathies don’t run very deep.
the flip side is are there even ten teams who would trade for fleury? likely easy for fleury not to be traded by crafting his list of ten exclusions in his favor.
Having a vet like MAF in the room for another year with a bunch of hungry kids during a rebuild is not a bad thing. We are far far far far far away from being competitive again. But what if we can get some amazing assets from Colorado, let’s say, if they are truly interested in MAF as we’ve all been hearing? Would KD pull the trigger if he could get Flower to sign on? I’m watching Calgary in Colorado right now. We are so far away…
Not the start to the sort of new regime I was looking forward to.
Steve Simmons is not a reliable source – he’s prone to great exaggeration or even making stuff up – glad to see Ben Pope contradicted him
If a promise was made by Bowman to Fleury about MAF deciding whether he goes or not KD needs to make it clear that he’s not Bowman – GMs change you can’t expect a new GM to keep the old GMs word – that’s not how it works
It would be a big loss for CHI if the Flower is not traded
The Hawks should trade him. He deserves a team that will get him a cup. He is a great goalie but the hawks are just killing him.
Wrap it may have been assurance from the owners not to trade Fleury, not just Bowman. In that case KD Wouldn’t have the decision in his hands.
Stan Bowman- is the gift that keeps on giving!
Even with Stan-Blow gone… he is delaying the REBUILD… MAF no trade and $eth Jones deals… continue to Handcuff this team and Rebuild. Sick
MAF deal- started as No lose deal… Hawks do well/ or trade the stud at TDL… re-tool.
The 2023 draft can’t get here soon enough. This team is tough to watch.
Here is hoping that next year Hawks skate/play youngest team in league and completely tank for top pick(s). Also still hoping new GM- trades anything he can for 2023 picks!
Still to early to really know what will happen with MAF
Let see in 10-15 days from now .
My wish ..he gets trade in a city he really wants to play then next year he sign with the Hawks at 3-4 millions for a year and play half the games with Lank playing the other half .
And at the trade deadline next year he gets trade again to a team of is choice and retire after .
Voilà my wish .
Ian – good point
I don’t think he gets traded. At least they have sort of a chance to win with him although I have no idea why he’d want to stay here and get pummeled with pucks.
Lankinen has lost his edge by not getting very much game action. The way he’s playing right now I don’t trust him. Letting in to many goals he should be stopping.
I have to wonder why he wants to stay. I get the kids/school thing but that would only be a few months- no big deal and he could weather that. Does he want to re-up for another year of this? If so, we should sign him (or plan on going with 6 skaters next year as we really don’t have another goalie).
As I posted yesterday, if KD wants to send the message that the country club days are over then trade Caleb Jones for whatever we can get. He’s no better or worse than a bunch of guys we already have but the only reasons he’s here is because Stan thought he could sell a brother act to the gullible fan base. Time to de-Bowmanize.
Toronto in desperate need of a top notch goalie. Jack Campbell was awful again last night. Toronto needs to win a playoff series or the city will go berserk.
Fleury could ride in like the white night and save the day.
Craig agree as long as no more border restrictions interfere with his family time, i think that would trump any chance he would agree to a deal.
I would think Canadian teams are on his no trade list because of Covid protocols but if not TOR seems like a good destination
That Davidson has been told who he can and cannot deal tells me that he doesn’t have the GM job because he’s the best candidate. He got it because he’ll knuckle under to the Wirtz Bros.
Look, I like MAF. Who doesn’t? But, he’s not the future of the organ-I-zation. He should be a guaranteed 1st Rd Pick in the ’22 draft. Davidson and MAF should have an honest conversation and see where MAF wants to go. I really want the best for the guy. The best is not being here. I want him to hoist the Stanley Cup one more time…and I want the Blackhawks to have the picks to restock for the future.
Davidson should have the freedom to run the team as the unquestioned GM. If the Wirtz Bros. are kneeling on him to do what they want and not is what is best for the team? THAT SUCKS!!!
Steve Simmons is a clown.
Why would MAF want to stay with the Hawks? Just so his kids don’t have to make new friends. C’mon! he is at the tail end of his career, and he has only 1 or 2 more chances to get another Cup. The money is the same, and every player wants to play for a chance at a Cup. He will approve a trade, he just wants to control the situation. Now, EDM is not going to win the Cup, so he won’t go there. But, Toronto has a decent chance, and every Canadian wants to wear the Maple Leaf. He will accept a trade to the Leafs. Just watch – MAF will get trade!