Penguins getting calls on Fleury
A week away from the NHL entry draft, Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury is drawing trade interest around the league.
The New York Islanders have expressed preliminary interest in Fleury, NHL sources say, and according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Minnesota has made their interest known to Pittsburgh. Russo writes, “The Wild has also expressed interest in Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, who backstopped Pittsburgh to the 2009 Stanley Cup but has struggled in the playoffs the past two seasons and was ultimately unseated by Tomas Vokoun in this year’s playoffs. Fleury has not asked for a trade, however.”
The Wild are among three teams in the mix to trade for Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
The Penguins contend they are not interested in trading Fleury but those around the league say they are listening on him and would move him for a “decent” offer with at least two assets in return. Fleury has two years remaining on his deal with a cap hit of $5 million.
Minnesota’s interest in Fleury has been expected with Wild head coach Mike Yeo and GM Chuck Fletcher having previous ties to Fleury. Fletcher is a former assistant GM with the Penguins under Ray Shero and Yeo was an assistant coach with the Penguins from 2005-2010, and apart of the coaching staff when Fleury backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2009.
Minnesota has just $7 million in cap space but have a deep group of prospects and players they are said to be willing to move that the Penguins have been high on in the past include Cal Clutterback and Devin Setoguchi. Any deal between the two teams would likely have to include a roster player coming the Penguins due to the Wild’s cap situation.
As for the Islanders, an NHL source said they are checking on just about anybody out there, and despite Fleury imploding in the playoffs right in front of the Islanders brass eyes, there is some level of interest.
Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter would certainly draw the Penguins interest if the Islanders are serious about Fleury.