“I'm tired of moving” – Marc-André Fleury
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Gotkeeper Marc-André Fleury sent a very clear message to his bosses at the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
“I'm tired of moving. I want to stay here,” he said during his team's end-of-season report.
The 38-year-old Quebecer has a valid agreement until the end of the 2023-2024 season. and earns an annual salary of $3.5 million.
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He was asked about his intentions in connection with the presence of Filip Gustavsson who stole the number 1 position from him this season. Fleury said he was ready to take on the role of substitute next year.
The Wild's 2022-23 season came to an end last Friday in Game 6 of the first-round series against the Dallas Stars. The Sorel native got a start against the Texas team and allowed seven goals on 31 shots in a backhand conceded in the second game. He also came in relief during the last meeting of his people.
“I have another year in the body, and after that it may be the end, he said after this duel. That's a shame. We had a good group of guys and great cohesion. We had depth. I really believed that we were going to go further in the playoffs. It's a bit surprising.”
This season, Fleury was playing his 19th campaign in the National Hockey League. He played 13 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, before having stints with the Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks. The veteran has been a member of the Wild since March 21, 2022. The Minnesota club acquired him from the Illinois squad in exchange for a second-round pick.