Marc-Andre Fleury says where he wants to play in potential final NHL season

Is the Flower going to hang up the pads after next season?



The season for the Minnesota Wild once again came to a close in the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, meaning that they've yet to advance to Round 2 since 2015. Despite taking a 1-0 lead over the Dallas Stars, their rivals from Texas would win four of the next five games, including a dominating 7-3 win in Game 2 that saw veteran Marc-Andre Fleury torched for seven goals. 

It was a rude introduction to the 17th consecutive postseason for Fleury, who replaced Game 1 starter Filip Gustavsson between the pipes in a move from head coach Dean Evason that fans and pundits are still trying to dissect. The goaltender affectionately known as "Flower" would make one final appearance in the series, playing the 3rd period of the deciding Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center. 

Fleury implied that next season could be his last in the National Hockey League, saying that he'll play next year and "that might be it". And now, we know where he intends on playing. He's under contract with the Wild for one more year, and he intends on staying put.

"I'm tired of moving. I'm not going anywhere," Fleury said while also stating that he'd be fine with the backup role. 

As you may remember, Fleury found a home with the Vegas Golden Knights after his tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins came to an end in 2017. However, he would be unceremoniously kicked to the curb by Vegas in the form of a trade to the Chicago Blackhawks he found out about via Twitter in the summer of 2021. He mulled retirement before agreeing to report to the Blackhawks, with whom he spent the first 3/4 of the 2021-22 campaign before being dealt to Minnesota. 

In his first full season with the Wild, Fleury posted a record of 24-16-4 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Over the course of his 19 year NHL career, Fleury is 544-315-91 in 985 games (828 starts) with a 2.58 goals against average and .913 save percentage. 

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