Marc-Andre Fleury says he would've welcomed a trade to the Flames last season
Fleury is happy in Vegas, but the goalie admits he would've waived his no-trade clause for the Flames
Turmoil Flames in Calgary, and Marc-Andre Fleury knows Vegas Golden Knights gear, but that doesn't mean the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins goalie would have turned down an opportunity to head north and call Scotiabank Saddledome his home.the
Sportsnet's Eric Francis, who also is reporting on the Flames' local arena troubles, noted this week that Fleury "was preparing for the possibility of becoming a Calgary Flame" during the 2016-17 season and "would likely have waived his no-trade clause" to go from Pittsburgh to Calgary if Pens general manager Jim Rutherford had struck a deal before March's trade deadline.
The Flames went on to stick with Brian Elliott, who has since departed via free agency for the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Penguins, of course, went on to win their second straight Stanley Cup -- thanks to efforts from Fleury and Matt Murray in the playoffs. But if Rutherford had, in fact, turned Fleury speculation into an actual Fleury trade, the two-time All-Star admitted he may have welcomed a move to Canada.
"I think so," Fleury said, per Francis. "I think Calgary is a great town and a great hockey team, too. I think they'll be very good again this year."
The longtime Pens standout is right about the Flames, whoto bolster an already-dangerous bunch entering 2017-18. And that's exactly why, outside of Vegas, where the 32-year-old goalie can reprise his role as a No. 1 and become an immediate icon for a new-market expansion team, Calgary might have made the most sense as a post-Pittsburgh landing spot for "Flower Power."
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