In a frenzy of trades today we had one that stung pretty deep.
The Chicago Blackhawks have traded goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The Hawks will also be retaining half of Fleury’s salary:
Fleury wasn’t even a Blackhawk for a year but he made an impression in this city. The 37-year-old goaltender earned the love and respect of Chicago fans everywhere before he even donned the red sweater. He has been a fan favorite everywhere he has played and it made complete sense that the city embraced him with open arms despite his rough season here. Fleury played in 45 games this season with a 19-21-5 record, 2.95 GAA, and a .908 save percentage. He collected his 70th career shutout while playing for this city, as well as his 500th win. He is still the strong goaltender we know and love, he was just on a team that couldn’t bail him out when needed.
Now, he’s got a fighting chance in Minnesota. The Wild are 36-20-4 on this season, they’re currently 3rd in the West, and currently beating Fleury’s old Vegas team 1-0 in the second period. Fleury is right there backing them up as Chicago to St. Paul is like an hour flight:
The condition of the pick mentioned in the trade does rest on both Fleury and Wilds’ playoff outcome but regardless a first or second-rounder isn’t bad. A guy like Flower deserves another deep playoff run and I think he still has it in him. I’m so sad to see him go but he deserves to bloom like the beautiful flower he is. Now, from one french Canadien to another:
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