Fleury Trade Scenarios
Trade talks surrounding Marc Andre Fleury are dead quiet at the moment, TIOPS has learned. Team sources indicate the Penguins have nothing brewing right now and they’ve even informed the Fleury camp over the last week that a trade by March 1 is unlikely, but it’s still early enough where something could transpire near the final week of the deadline.
As reported here in January, the team the Penguins had the most substantive trade talks surrounding Fleury this season has been with the Dallas Stars.
Those talks described as ‘exploratory at the time have cooled significantly over the last six weeks with Dallas on the fence about Fleury but a complicated deal with the Stars could still come into play closer to March 1 if the Stars decided to move on Fleury which they haven’t to this point.
Pittsburgh and Dallas were in the news nationally yesterday when NHL insider Pierre LeBrun made the potential connection.
“I’m told that there has at least has been a very preliminary discussion between Pittsburgh and Dallas regarding Marc Andre Fleury, but I stress preliminary because I don’t think there’s anything there at this point,” LeBrun said on TSN Toronto 1050.
Any deal is extremely complicated because of the Stars goaltending situation with $10.4 million committed to Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen next season and Marc Andre Fleury having two years left on his deal with a $5.75 million cap hit, widely considered by NHL decision makers a bad contract for an aging goaltending in today’s goalie market and flat cap world.
With the help of an NHL executive, I placed an estimated trade value for individual players in identifying some trade scenarios between the two teams.
The value is placed on a team acquiring a player alone, for example if the Penguins tried to acquire Patrick Eaves as a rental move, the cost for the Penguins or any team would be in the projected range of a 2nd and 4th round pick, per NHL sources.
Marc Andre Fleury | Trade Value – 4th Round Pick
Dan Hamhuis | Trade Value – 2nd and 5th round pick
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