Fleury has informed the Blackhawks that he will play in 2021-22, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Some speculated that Fleury may simply opt to retire rather than make the move to Chicago after being traded to the Blackhawks by the Golden Knights on Tuesday, but the veteran netminder evidently has decided to play out the final season of his three-year, $21 million contract. Fleury was exceptional in 2020-21, going 26-10-0 while posting a highly impressive 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage. Kevin Lankinen will likely get 25-30 starts as Chicago's No. 2 option in 2021-22, but Fleury will undoubtedly see the bulk of the playing time as the Blackhawks' No. 1 netminder.

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