Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury

39-Year-Old GoalieG
Minnesota Wild
2023 Fantasy Outlook
It's a tale as old as sports themselves -- a veteran in the twilight of his career starts losing playing time to a talented backup. Fleury saw it happen in 2022-23, as he was limited to 46 games in which he had a 2.85 GAA, a .908 save percentage and a 24-16-4 record, while Filip Gustavsson had better numbers. The two of them will again compete for starts in 2023-24, and it could benefit both of them: Fleury gets regular rest and Gustavsson continues to slowly grow into an NHL-level No. 1 goalie. Fantasy managers can't draft Fleury on prestige at 38 years old, but he'll be a fine option in a timeshare, especially for those who also roster Gustavsson. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Wild in July of 2022.
Makes 30 saves in win
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February 24, 2024
Fleury stopped 30 of 32 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Kraken.
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Fleury played well in the second half of a back-to-back. He earned his fourth win in his last five outings, a span in which he's allowed just 12 goals. The 39-year-old is up to 12-10-3 with a 2.92 GAA and an .899 save percentage over 28 appearances. Fleury's name has popped up in trade rumors, but he'll have plenty of control over the destination with a no-move clause. With the Wild working back into the playoff race, they may be hesitant to deal the veteran away unless he requests a move.
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After shocking the hockey world and winning the Vezina Trophy two years ago, Fleury predictably regressed last season. He began the year on a dreadful Chicago team before approving a deal to Minnesota in late March. Fleury's final numbers -- 28-23-5, 2.91 GAA, .908 save percentage -- were nothing to write home about, but the Wild still felt comfortably inking the future Hall of Famer to a new two-year, $7 million contract while also shipping platoon mate Cam Talbot to the Senators. Fleury will be 38 years old in late November, so it's difficult seeing him in a true workhorse role this season, but the Wild never signed an experienced backup, apparently content with leaning on youngster Filip Gustavsson, who came over in the Talbot trade. Fleury's age makes him a risky fantasy pick, although perhaps Minnesota plans on using him more frequently than most expect.
In his sixteenth NHL season, Fleury came out of nowhere to win his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender. The 35-year-old set new career-highs in both GAA (1.98) and save percentage (.928), while posting a 26-10-0 record for the Golden Knights. His six shutouts placed him second in the league. Vegas shocked the hockey world by dealing Fleury to Chicago in late July. He considered not reporting to the Blackhawks but decided to play after conferring with his family. Chicago should be an improved team following the acquisition of Seth Jones and the return of Jonathan Toews, but they aren't on the level of the Golden Knights. Fleury is going to have a boatload of fantasy value as the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender for the Blackhawks, but those counting on a repeat of last year's numbers are going to come away disappointed.
Fleury struggled a bit as Vegas' starter last season, registering a sub-par 2.77 GAA and .905 save percentage in 49 appearances, but he still posted a 27-16-5 record thanks to the excellent squad he was playing behind. However, Fleury's lackluster play prompted the Golden Knights to bring in Robin Lehner at the trade deadline, who took over as the team's No. 1 netminder during the postseason, starting 16 of Vegas' 20 playoff games. Lehner is expected to get more starts in 2020-21, but Fleury is still a highly-capable netminder, and this could easily turn into a 1A-1B situation, meaning Flower could get as much as 45 percent of the playing time. The Knights will once again be one of the best teams in the West during the upcoming campaign, which means there will be plenty of wins to go around between the two netminders, making Fleury a rock-solid secondary fantasy option in goal.
There aren't enough superlatives to describe Fleury. His cucumber-cool demeanor between the pipes, coupled with an infectious attitude and well-documented list of accomplishments -- including three Stanley Cup wins with the Penguins -- makes him a spectacle unlike any other in Vegas. After carrying the Golden Knights all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, Fleury stayed healthy in the 2018-19 campaign, turning in a 35-21-6 record with eight shutouts, a 2.51 GAA and .913 save percentage through 61 games. Surprisingly, Flower has never won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender in a given season, but he remains in the upper class of fantasy options at the position due to frequent flashes of dominance and tremendous job security in front of Malcolm Subban.
It's clear Fleury is the man in Vegas after the Golden Knights signed him to a three-year, $21 million contract extension following the team's 2018 run to the Stanley Cup Final. After being left exposed by the Penguins in the expansion draft, the veteran netminder was sensational in Vegas, posting a 29-13-4 record with a .927 save percentage. While there's some reason to be concerned given his age and injury history, Fleury proved in 2017-18 that he's still an elite and capable starting goaltender. Plenty of different goalies filled in for Fleury while he was injured last season, but there isn't one netminder who appears ready to seriously challenge him for his job. The Golden Knights will likely regress in 2018-19, but Fleury is still a fierce competitor who should surpass 30 victories in a full-time starting position.
After losing his job to Matt Murray (twice, really), Fleury saw his decade-plus in Pittsburgh come to an end on a high note, with another Stanley Cup, before he got claimed by Vegas in the expansion draft. In his new home, Fleury will once more be a No. 1 netminder with a fighting chance at 60-plus appearances. Of course, the Golden Knights are a team with both eyes on the future rather than 2017-18, and it remains to be seen how they'll gel in their inaugural season -- hence the risk of using Fleury as an everyday fantasy starter. Owners should also keep in mind that the puck-playing keeper likes to patrol outside the crease, which figures to induce as many head-scratching moments as jaw-dropping saves. With his track record, Fleury is capable of carrying Vegas to a respectable season, but the 30-win mark is likely his ceiling with the nascent franchise.
Among goalies with at least 40 starts last year, Fleury ranked eighth in GAA (2.29) and ninth in save percentage (.921). But those numbers ended up being moot following his second concussion of the season, suffered March 31 against the Predators. Rookie Matt Murray took over in goal (with an assist to Jeff Zatkoff) and never looked back, effectively replacing the Flower. In the playoffs – a part of the season where the veteran has often struggled – coach Mike Sullivan showed loyalty to Murray, sticking with the young netminder from his AHL coaching days while Fleury rode the bench for all but one start and one relief appearance. Given Sullivan’s history with Murray, it isn’t too difficult projecting Fleury in a backup or timeshare situation until an injury or trade materializes. As 2003’s first overall pick enters his 13th year, he deserves better, but Fleury may have to find a new team before regaining his status as a No. 1 goalie.
Although he didn't reach his old 40-win level, last season was perhaps the finest one of Fleury's career. He posted his highest save percentage (.920) in a full season, and this time, his play didn't flag in the playoffs -- "The Flower" delivered a .927 save mark in five postseason games, only to see the Penguins bounced due to a quiet offensive performance. Fortunately, they've brought in help on that front, while Fleury will hope an offseason of healing leaves him with a mostly intact blue line this season, as Pittsburgh's top defensemen have fallen to a myriad of injuries in past years. Following last season's contract extension, Fleury will remain a Penguin into his mid-30s, and he returns once again as the team's top netminder, with 60-plus starts and a likely improvement over last year's 34 wins on tap.
Despite Fleury's well-documented postseason struggles, the goalie has put up remarkably consistent regular season numbers. Over the last four campaigns, the netminder has posted GAAs between 2.32 and 2.39, with save percentages between .914 and .918. "The Flower" has also served as Pittsburgh's primary starter, but he may not see as huge of a workload with a new management regime in place. With one year remaining on a five-year, $25 million contract, Fleury will be playing for a new deal. Frankly, it wouldn't be surprising to see new GM Jim Rutherford move the goalie in an effort to further distance the organization from past postseason failures.
The biggest commodity Fleury has offered over the past several seasons -- wins -- is in jeopardy. The Pittsburgh netminder has averaged 38 victories in the last four full seasons and went 23-8 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 2012-13. He's rebounded from disastrous playoff performances before without missing a regular season beat, but this time things feel differently. Tomas Vokoun, who saved the Pens from yet another early postseason exit, will compete with Fleury for playing time. Vokoun is 37 years of age, however. The Pens might need to keep him healthy for the postseason, limiting his regular-season ice time. Fleury worked with a sports psychologist in the summer to improve his focus. It wouldn't be surprising to see him put up decent regular season numbers -- he could be a fantasy steal if he slips in drafts, but there's also a risk he gets traded or sees a downtick in playing time. He's signed with Pittsburgh for two more seasons at $5 million annually. His future with the Pens has never been more cloudy.
Visions of Vezina Trophy Finalist danced through Fleury's mind before a late-season slump doused any such thought. The Flower strung together a 22-2-2 run which ended in late March. The Penguins and their goalie never seemed to recover from back-to-back Islanders losses in which Fleury gave up nine goals before actually playing worse in the postseason. The Pittsburgh netminder won a career-high 42 games and his 2.36 goals-against average was significantly better than his career mark (2.68). The Pens brought in Tomas Vokoun to cover for the Flower during rough patches, something that could actually benefit his peripheral numbers in 2012-13.
Fleury enters his eighth NHL season at the ripe old age of 27. After a miserable start to 2010-11, the Penguins netminder rebounded to set single-season bests in goals-against average (2.32) and save percentage (.918). He lost six of his first seven decisions, but then strung together a 14-game unbeaten streak that included 11 straight wins. An improved defensive corps and the loss of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin saw Pittsburgh change its strategy. Fleury came up big, rewarding the team with the most consistent regular-season tending of his career. Backup goalie Brent Johnson played nearly as well in goal, giving the Pens an opportunity keep Fleury fresh with an occasional night off. Pittsburgh looks to add a healthy Crosby and Malkin in 2011-12, meaning more wins for the Flower -- he had 36 last year -- and a bit more of a wide open game in front of him. He's just entering the prime of his career.
No player on the Penguins figures to benefit more than Fleury does following the free agent signings of defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin. Fleury was hung out to dry more than wet laundry last year. Make no mistake, Fleury brought on many of his own problems. He won 37 games – eighth best in the NHL, but his peripheral numbers were nothing special. Fleury’s 2.65 GAA ranked 22nd among qualified goaltenders while a .905 save percentage put him 32nd among goalies. Heading into his seventh season, it’s easy to forget that Fleury is still just 24 years of age. He’s had issues staying healthy the last several campaigns, but the Pittsburgh netminder might be undervalued in fantasy circles heading into 2010-11. Fantasy owners that find Fleury falling their way would be wise to consider him as a buy-low value.
It remains to be seen if there's a more good-natured, ah shucks kind of guy in the NHL than Fleury. Throughout his career, Fleury has overcome yo-yo trips to Wilkes-Barre, embarrassing gaffes of international play and ever-present whispers that he's not the big time goalie he's supposed to be, only to hoist the Stanley Cup at the tender age of 24. Fleury has missed significant portions of time with groin and ankle injuries the last two seasons, but has come back strong both times. The Penguins picked up Brent Johnson to back up the Flower, but there's no reason to think the Pittsburgh starter can't tend at least 60 games again. If you're looking for wins, then Fleury's your guy. If you need elite goals-against and save percentage numbers, however, there are better goalies available. Pittsburgh's defense probably won't be as good as it was last year and that will hurt Fleury's peripherals.
The Pittsburgh netminder finally got on the roll many expected from him when he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2003, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Penguins. Following a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for two months until late February, Fleury ran off of 10-2-1 mark to close out the regular season and then played better in the postseason. He saved 55 shots in a Game 5 overtime win against Detroit in the Cup finals, finding his signature game while showing that he can be a big-time goaltender. Of course Fleury let in a couple of questionable goals in the Cup-deciding Game 6 loss, but there’s no disputing his improved quality of play. Pittsburgh extended his contract seven years in the offseason. If he doesn’t post 40 wins then it will come as a surprise.
Coach Michel Therrien nearly sent Fleury packing to the AHL after a poor preseason last year. He probably saved his job by not sending him back. Despite a short history of failing to live up to expectations, Fleury responded to the challenge and turned in a season that helped Pittsburgh reach the postseason for the first time since 2000-01. He still relies on athleticism more than positioning, but he continues to improve on a team that commonly leaves him out to dry. Fleury has no real challenger (other than Dany Sabourin) because Jocelyn Thibault signed with Buffalo, so he figures to be a workhorse. He'll likely approach the 40-win level once again.
Fleury, 21, overcame Pittsburgh's penny-pinching incentive contract clauses to put together a decent 2005 season that offers hope for a promising upcoming campaign. With an overall record of 13-27-6, the Penguins' No. 1 goalie didn't threaten for the Vezina. However, upon closer inspection, Fleury posted a 6-7-2 mark following the Olympics. His 3.25 GAA and .898 save percentage indicate plenty of room for improvement, but there's much more to it for the young netminder than simply numbers. Fleury struggled to make the big third-period save on numerous occasions. He'll have a better defense in front of him from the season's start and Therrien is a defense-first coach. With that in mind, Fleury is probably not a yet a No. 1 fantasy goalie, but he's worth picking up at the end of a draft.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 Entry Draft, Fleury hasn't played well anywhere in any of the numerous stops he's made. He was yanked during the AHL playoffs for the second straight year, with fellow goalie Andy Chiodo coming in to save the day and win a couple of playoff rounds for the Baby Pens. Fleury was 63rd among goalies the AHL with a .901 save percentage, and 23rd with a 2.52 GAA. Scouts remain in love with his talent, however, and he's still just 20 years old. In other words, it's way too early to be writing his obituary. Sitting behind Jocelyn Thibault might actually accelerate his progress. The signing of Thibault in and of itself shows that Pittsburgh acknowledges Fleury isn't ready.
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Facing Seattle
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February 23, 2024
Fleury will patrol the visiting crease in Seattle on Saturday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Falls to Winnipeg
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February 20, 2024
Fleury allowed five goals on 29 shots in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Jets.
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Provides relief appearance
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February 19, 2024
Fleury stopped six of eight shots in Monday's 10-7 win over the Canucks.
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Starting Tuesday
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February 19, 2024
Fleury will defend the road net Tuesday against Winnipeg, according to Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Defeats Coyotes
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February 14, 2024
Fleury stopped 25 of 26 shots in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Coyotes.
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