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.
Fleury was traded to the Blackhawks from the Golden Knights in exchange for forward Mikael Hakkarainen on Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.
It's not often that the reigning Vezina Trophy winner gets traded for scraps during the following offseason, but the Golden Knights are in desperate need of cap space, and getting Fleury's $7 million salary off the books will allow Vegas to make several more moves to round out its already championship-caliber roster. Fleury was unbelievable in 2020-21, going 26-10-0 while posting a highly impressive 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage through 36 contests. As long as he decides not to retire, the veteran netminder's numbers will almost certainly dip behind Chicago's less-than-stellar defense next season, but he'll remain a desirable fantasy asset as the Blackhawks' No. 1 option in 2021-22. Youngster Kevin Lankinen should still get plenty of work as Chicago's No. 2 next year, but the bulk of the starts will undoubtedly go to Fleury, assuming he's in the fold.
Fleury was named the Vezina Trophy winner this year as the NHL's top goalie.
While it was a shortened season, Fleury had his best statistical season. He posted a 1.98 GAA and a .928 save percentage in 36 appearances. The Quebec native also notched six shutouts and a 26-10-0 record as the Golden Knights' No. 1 goalie. Fleury also shared the Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender(s) who give up the fewest team goals, with teammate Robin Lehner. This was Fleury's first Vezina win.
Fleury allowed three goals on 25 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens in Tuesday's Game 5. The fourth goal was an empty-netter.
Fleury wasn't able to shake off his recent struggles even with extra rest after Robin Lehner tended the twine in the Golden Knights' Game 4 win. Fleury has given up nine goals on 75 shots across his last three appearances. His loss Tuesday gave the Canadiens a 3-2 series lead. The Golden Knights have not named a starting goaltender for Thursday's Game 6 in Montreal, but either Fleury or Lehner will be looking to force a Game 7.
Fleury is expected between the pipes at home against Montreal for Game 5 on Tuesday, per Jesse Granger of The Athletic.
After his gaffe behind the net led to a Game 3 victory for the Habs, Fleury was given the night off in Game 4 with Robin Lehner getting the starting nod. For his part, Lehner stopped 27 of 28 shots in a winning effort, so it comes as a slight surprise to see coach Pete DeBoer return to the Flower for Tuesday's clash. The 36-year-old Fleury will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats in which he allowed a combined six goals on 50 shots (.880 save percentage).
Fleury allowed three goals on 27 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 3.
The 36-year-old goalie was visibly angry after his puck-handling mistake late in the third period led to the Canadiens' Josh Anderson scoring the game-tying goal. The other two goals allowed by Fleury came on odd-man rushes. He's lost consecutive games for the first time since Games 5 and 6 of the first round versus the Wild.
Fleury will get the starting nod for Friday's Game 3 tilt in Montreal, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Fleury saw a five-game winning streak come to an end after he allowed three goals on 23 shots in Wednesday's Game 2 loss. The 36-year-old still owns a 1.92 GAA and a .923 save percentage alongside a 9-5 record so far this postseason. He's given up four goals on 52 shots in two games this series against the Canadiens.
Fleury allowed three goals on 23 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 1.
The Golden Knights weren't sharp in the first period, and the Canadiens capitalized for two goals. In the second, Fleury failed on a poke-check, and that allowed Paul Byron to tally what would be the game-winning goal. The 36-year-old goalie saw his five-game win streak snapped with Wednesday's loss. He'll likely get a chance to right the ship in Game 3 on Friday in Montreal.
Per David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll start between the pipes at home in Wednesday's Game 2 versus the Canadiens.
Fleury was fantastic in Monday's Game 1 against Montreal, turning aside 28 of 29 shots en route to a 4-1 victory. The 36-year-old netminder will try to extend his winning streak to six games and help the Golden Knights take a 2-0 series lead over the Habs on Wednesday.
Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.
The only goal against Fleury was a Cole Caufield power-play tally in the second period. During his five-game win streak, Fleury has given up just nine goals. The 36-year-old has established himself as the Golden Knights starter in the playoffs, so he should be back between the pipes for Wednesday's Game 2.
Fleury is slated to be between the pipes at home for Game 1 against Montreal on Monday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
After suffering a defeat in Game 2 versus the Avalanche, Fleury put together four straight wins to advance to the Stanley Cup Semifinals, having posted a 2.00 GAA and .921 save percentage in those four victories. The Flower figures to continue featuring in the crease for the Knights the rest of the way as he tries to win his fourth Stanley Cup.
Fleury allowed three goals on 33 shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Avalanche in Game 6.
Fleury collected his fourth straight win as the Golden Knights finished off the Avalanche in six games. During the win streak, Fleury has allowed just eight goals on 101 shots for a .921 save percentage. The Golden Knights are now set to face the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, which begin Monday in Vegas.
Per Jesse Granger of The Athletic, Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal at home in Thursday's Game 6 versus the Avalanche.
Fleury was rock solid in Tuesday's Game 5, stopping 28 of 30 shots en route to a 3-2 victory. The veteran backstop will try to help the Golden Knights advance to the third round by picking up a fourth straight win over Colorado on Thursday.
Fleury stopped 28 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory over Colorado in Game 5.
Fleury allowed a soft one to open the scoring with just two seconds left in the first period, with Brandon Saad's harmless-looking shot from the top of the left circle appearing to handcuff the Vegas netminder. But Fleury rebounded nicely after that, allowing only a Joonas Donskoi one-timer from the slot late in the second period, enabling Vegas to come from behind and grab the series lead. It was the third straight win for Fleury, who owns a .924 save percentage in his 11 postseason starts.
Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at Tuesday's morning skate, suggesting he'll start the evening's Game 5 in Colorado, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Vegas has shifted to a more defensively oriented approach after being blown out in Game 1 with Robin Lehner in net, and Fleury has benefited from that change in styles. Despite posting a pedestrian .905 save percentage in this series, Fleury has allowed only six goals while winning two of three starts. He'll face an uphill battle in Game 5, however, as the Avalanche are a perfect 4-0 in their own building this postseason.
Fleury gave up a goal on 18 shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Avalanche in Game 4.
The Golden Knights continue to do a good job of protecting Fleury, which has limited the puck traffic he's seen in recent games. The 36-year-old has won his last two starts, allowing the Golden Knights to tie the second-round series at two games apiece. Game 5 is set for Tuesday in Denver, and it's likely Fleury will get another starting nod in that pivotal contest.
According to Jesse Granger of The Athletic, Fleury is on track to start between the pipes for Sunday's home clash against Colorado.
Fleury was solid enough to earn the victory for his team in Game 3, stopping 18 of 20 shots in the 3-2 win. Throughout the playoffs, the 36-year-old has been strong, going 5-4-0 along with a stellar 1.88 GAA and .922 save percentage in nine appearances. Expect Fleury to handle the majority of the starts going forward in the playoffs, especially considering Robin Lehner missed Game 3 with an undisclosed issue.
Fleury stopped 18 of 20 shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 3.
The Golden Knights controlled play for much of the contest, but it looked like Mikko Rantanen's power-play goal could have stolen the win for the Avs. Instead, Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty scored 45 seconds apart late in the third period, and Fleury made it stand for the win. The 36-year-old goalie has struggled despite not facing more than 25 shots in any of his last five games. He's likely to start again in Sunday's Game 4 as the Golden Knights look to even the series at two games apiece.
Fleury will get the starting nod at home for Friday's Game 3 clash with Colorado, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Fleury has given up a trio of goals in three of his last four contests for a .866 save percentage. Unsurprisingly given those numbers, Flower has just one win over that stretch, as well. If the Knights are going to avoid falling behind 3-0 in this second-round series, they will need Fleury to be at the level that saw him named a Vezina Trophy finalist this season.
Fleury allowed three goals on 25 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Game 2.
Fleury can't take all of the blame for this loss, as the Golden Knights took six penalties and the Avalanche converted on two power-play chances. The second of those conversions was a laser shot from Mikko Rantanen in overtime. Fleury is now 4-4 in the playoffs with 15 goals allowed on 198 shots, a respectable .924 save percentage. With the status of Robin Lehner (undisclosed) uncertain, Fleury is likely to start on home ice in Friday's Game 3.