Marc-André Fleury has fewer games ahead of him than behind. But take it for granted: In 2022, he won’t be hanging up his leggings.
Posted at 2:23pm
Updated at 5:56 p.m
“I would like to play at least one more season. I decided that recently,” the 37-year-old goaltender said after the Minnesota Wild’s optional practice session at Bell Center on Tuesday morning.
“I still like to play, I still have fun, the body still holds… Most of the time,” he added, laughing. But yeah, one more season and we’ll see. »
With 935 games under his belt, Fleury is the seventh-most played goaltender in National League history. In another season, he would definitely catch up with Curtis Joseph (943 games), Ed Belfour (963 games), and maybe even Terry Sawchuk (971 games). That would make him 4thand Rank behind Patrick Roy (1029), Roberto Luongo (1044) and Martin Brodeur (1266).
A turbulent year
The last 12 months have been special for Fleury, to say the least. The Vegas Golden Knights decided to trade him to the Chicago Blackhawks last July after he won the Vezina Trophy a few weeks earlier. The Sorelois then took some time to think before finally agreeing to report to the Hawks.
After playing 45 games with Derek King’s roster this season, he was traded to the Minnesota Wild at close a month ago. It has gone from a last-place team to a Stanley Cup contender that has just secured its place in the playoffs.
“It’s been a month! Time flies fast,” he began with the smile we know him for.
“The last few days leading up to the deadline were a bit stressful,” he continued. I knew there were opportunities that I would be traded. When I got the call in the morning to confirm I was going to Minnesota, it was a little bit exciting, a little bit stressful. But everything went well, the journey was easy for me. »
“We always say that nothing comes for free. For me it was a very nice experience in Chicago. Of course I would have liked to have done better to be in the playoffs with them and helped them a little bit more. But I’m happy where I am right now. »
The Wild gives Cerberus a chance to win the fourth Stanley Cup of his career. Since arriving, he has played seven games (6-1-0) and has a save percentage of .921. He shares the net alternately with another veteran, Cam Talbot, who will be at the net against the Habs on Tuesday night.
“It’s fun to be part of a good team with a good bunch of guys,” he said. Cam is a super good person, he’s a good goalkeeper, we get along well. It makes things easier. I think we should both play together [en séries]. We will do our best to help this team. »
About Carey Price
Marc-André Fleury doesn’t know Carey Price very well but he had good words for him on Tuesday morning. The Canadiens goalie will play his second game tonight since coming back into the game.” “I have a lot of respect for him,” he said. He’s one of the best goalies in the National League, so it’s fun that he’s back, that he got through this difficult time. I’m glad I can watch it tonight and see how it’s going. »