Fleury agreed to terms on a three-year, $21 million contract extension with Vegas on Friday. Fleury was entering the final year of his contract, but instead will stick with the Golden Knights on a three-year deal that will carry him to age 36. The veteran netminder went 29-13-4 with four shutouts and a 2.24 GAA in his first campaign away from Pittsburgh. While a concussion sidelined him for a large chunk of the season, the Flower took Vegas all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season. Injuries are no doubt a concern for fantasy owners, yet when Fleury is healthy, he remains one of the league's elite netminders.
Fleury said he'd like to finish his career with the Golden Knights, Sportsnet reports. The 33-year-old netminder has one year remaining on a four-year deal that he had originally procured with the Penguins. Flower's cap hit is $5.75 million to rank 12th among goaltenders in the NHL. He'd been in vintage form through the first three rounds of the playoffs, posting a 12-3 record and otherworldly .947 save percentage, but a fourth Stanley Cup win wasn't in the cards for Fleury, as he posted an .853 save rate against the Capitals but never seemed to lose his composure. "It's weird, a couple of years ago I was told I was getting too old to play. I still love it," Fleury said. "Vegas gave me an opportunity to continue doing what I love and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I hope I finish my career here."
Fleury's 29 saves weren't enough Thursday, as his team fell 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals to clinch a 4-1 series win and the championship for the Capitals. Fleury was coming off consecutive Stanley Cup victories with the Penguins (albeit mostly as a backup) and guided Vegas to the Stanley Cup Finals in the franchise's first season, so he can hold his head high despite coming up short against the Capitals. He has certainly rebuilt his fantasy value after a poor final campaign in Pittsburgh, posting a 2.24 GAA and .927 save percentage in 46 regular-season games for the Golden Knights before mirroring that rate of production in 20 postseason contests.
Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said he never considered pulling Fleury, who ultimately surrendered six goals on 23 shots to the Capitals in Game 4 on Monday, the Las Vegas-Review Journal reports. "No. I think at least five of the six goals were wide-open nets," Gallant said. "There was nothing he could have done." While Fleury's unraveling extends beyond the last game -- he's allowed 12 goals in the past three (all losses) -- Vegas is highly unlikely to pivot away from the man who compiled an immaculate 12-3 record, 1.68 GAA and .947 save percentage in the first three rounds against the Kings, Sharks and Jets, respectively. The incredible expansion team had been consistently defying the odds this season, but it'll need to find its scoring touch in a big way in order to climb back from a 3-1 series deficit and lay claim to the Stanley Cup.
Fleury conceded six goals on 23 shots Monday, taking a 6-2 defeat against the Capitals in Game 4. In fairness to Fleury, three of Washington's six goals came on the power play, including a 5-on-3 at the end of the game. But even with that qualifier, Flower was powerless to stop the Capitals' attack despite the low number of shots. A save percentage of .739 isn't anywhere close to getting the job done, and Fleury will have to rediscover the form he showed in the Western Conference final if the Golden Knights are going to get back in this series in Game 5.
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