Montreal “could be an option” for Marc-André Fleury

For the first time in a decade, a number one goaltender position could become vacant in Montreal. At the same time, Marc-André Fleury becomes a free agent for the first time in his career. Is the Quebecer thinking about the scenario?

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Jean Francois Teotonio

Jean Francois Teotonio
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The Canadian “could be an option,” Fleury agreed at Sorel-Tracy on Friday morning.

Before he quickly continues, “But it’s not yet. Carey ended the season. I wish him all the best for next season. »

The elite of golfers from the Deux-Rives region met on Friday at the Sorel-Tracy Les Dunes Golf Club for the Beauchemin-Fleury-Beauvillier Classic, organized by the Cégep de Sorel-Tracy Foundation. Anthony Beauvillier of the Islanders and François Beauchemin of the Ducks organization were also present among the wild animals in polo and bermuda shorts.

Marc-André Fleury’s three-year deal with the Golden Knights in 2019 expires this summer. Since then he has cycled through Chicago and then Minnesota.

The 37-year-old jailer has previously mentioned wanting to play “at least one more season”. Choosing his next travel destination is based on some very specific criteria. Starting with the comfort of his family.

“It was difficult leaving Vegas,” he says of his three children. They had made friends in elementary school. Then we move to Chicago. The same. At the end of the year, they’re still crying, they’re losing their friends, they’re losing their school. If we could have some stability that would be good. »

“I want to take my time [pour prendre une décision]. But at the same time it shouldn’t take too long, because as soon as I register in another city, I need to find a house, a school. We have to find the perfect place for us. »

Marc-André Fleury says it himself: “He doesn’t do that [lui] not long to play. What workload does he want to carry in the end?

” I love to play. Of course, being on the bench isn’t always fun. But I don’t feel like I have to play 60, 65 games like I used to. Sharing the net with another goalkeeper was for me ok. It’s also good for the body to stay healthy. It helps to get through the schedule. »

If Carey Price ditched his leggings before next season, we’d have to find a way to support Jake Allen. If, of course, Samuel Montembeault doesn’t sign a new contract and Cayden Primeau isn’t ready to take the plunge despite a terrific series in the American League.

It was also noted that Fleury would not say no to sharing duties in goal much like he did with Robin Lehner in Vegas. In this context, his candidacy becomes interesting.

But there is another criterion that will make the difference: the will to win. Now.

“A place where I can win games is always more fun,” he says, smiling. I loved my time in Chicago. […] But sometimes it’s hard to lose so much, to lose so often. That is hard on morale. »

We agree that the context in which the Canadian will develop in the coming years would not be entirely conducive to Marc-André Fleury’s happiness. He didn’t talk to Kent Hughes anyway, since he wouldn’t be allowed to as a member of the Wild.

“Not yet,” he adds with his indelible smile.

“We didn’t deliver the goods,” says Beauvillier

Anthony Beauvillier makes no apologies for Islanders’ tough season After playing playoffs for the previous three seasons, the Islanders finished 16 points short of last place to qualify for the playoffs. A failure that led to the firing of head coach Barrydiot and most of his assistants.

Photo Frank Franklin II, Associated Press archives

Anthony Beauvillier

“Want, don’t want, it’s us who didn’t deliver the goods,” Sorelois said on Friday. […] We had a lot of ups and downs with the new arena. It’s been a very strange season, I would say. We couldn’t stay focused all season. »

He claims that the firing of coaches “is never something you want to see,” even though “it’s part of the business “.

Beauvillier says he’s “happy” to start next season with former Defiance assistant Lane Lambert as head coach on a new foundation.

“We enjoy not necessarily just having unfamiliar faces. […] We want to bring our team back to where it was a year or two ago. »

A selection in the first row “guarantees nothing”

The Canadian, who finished first in the repechage, had the opportunity to question a former regular in the person of Marc-André Fleury on Good Friday. He notes how “amazing” his selection was in 2003. “It looks like everything happened so quickly,” says the goalkeeper. Then it was over. He advises the selected player to “try to take a step back, sit down for a bit and realize what happened”. “After that, there’s still a lot to do,” says Fleury. It’s a nice honor, but it doesn’t guarantee anything. »

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