At 37, Marc-André Fleury may become a full free agent for the first time in his 18-year career on July 13. Interest should not be diminished for the final recipient of the Vézina Trophy. So how to enjoy that luxury, if there is one.
“It’s sort of the first time that I have the choice of which teams I want to play with,” said Fleury, who met during the annual golf tournament in Sorel. I can take my time, but not too much at the same time because I would have to find a house and a school in another city. It’s about finding them timed coordination and the perfect place for me and my family. »
“Losing so much was sometimes difficult”
Having worn the colors of 3 teams in 2 years, we assume that the family aspect will be a factor in his decision.
“When I moved from Vegas, my kids had made friends in elementary school, they loved their school. Then the same in Chicago. Even at the end of the year, they’re still crying because they’re losing their friends, school and everyday life, Fleury lamented. It would be nice to bring some stability into their lives. »
Fleury has several paths to explore. For example, moving to a team like the Avalanche, whose number 1 goalkeeper has not yet signed for next year. Or how much of a turning point could Carey Price’s nebulous future in Montreal be?
“That could be an option, but it’s not yet. Carey finished the season and I wish him all the best for next season,” Fleury said.
It must be said, however, that the Quebec native has forged close ties in Minnesota, most notably with the Wild’s general manager.
“I spoke to Bill Guerin before I left,” Fleury said. We have a good relationship, we played together, so it’s easy on this site. I loved Minnesota too, they’re a good bunch of guys. »
Regardless of the goal, Fleury will be looking to climb the rungs of this all-Quebec list. He is currently third in NHL history with 520 wins. Just 31 more wins and he would overtake one of his idols, Patrick Roy. Martin Brodeur is way ahead with 691 wins.
“It’s still a little crazy to think about. Martin and Patrick were my two idols growing up. For me these are the best. If I could get a little closer to him, it would be a great honor for me. »
What is the best scenario for Fleury?