It has been years since star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury last suited up as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but for a variety of reasons that team's fan base has never had their love of their now former goaltender fade away in the least.
Now Fleury is entering the final year of his current contract and is doing so coming off the heels of a trade to the Chicago Blackhawks that, by all accounts, he wasn't a very big fan of. After being picked up by the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Fleury and his wife Veronique LaRose were fully expecting that he would play out the remainder of his career with that organization but that all changed when the Golden Knights made the now infamous trade.
As you would expect that very same Fleury-adoring fan base in Pittsburgh is now eagerly awaiting the conclusion of this season and wondering if Fleury could potentially make his return to their favorite NHL franchise. I have to be honest based on the answers that were given by Fleury this week I feel the chances of that happening are relatively low, but perhaps I'm reading too much into things.
Fleury was asked about the possibility of coming back to Pittsburgh for the next phase of his NHL career, whether or not that was as a player on the ice, and Fleury seemed to push back on that idea. Instead the veteran goaltender spoke of Montreal, where both he and his wife are from, while also adding that he doesn't know how things would be for him in Pittsburgh after so long away from the team.
"I’m not sure what I want to do at all. There are so many great people in Pittsburgh. Obviously, some of that time is going to be us in Montreal. Pittsburgh is special. I don’t know if being there after not playing for the team for so long — I really don’t know."
At the very least this is not exactly a ringing endorsement when it comes to the possibility of a return to Pittsburgh somewhere down the line.