Pittsburgh Penguins: Four More Years Of Fleury
With a thin pool of unrestricted free agent goalies potentially staring them in the face next offseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins decided not to wait and instead signed current starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year contract extension worth $23 million.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 5, 2014
The 29-year old Fleury was made the 1st overall pick by the Penguins back in 2003 and he is currently the longest tenured player in Pittsburgh, with this new deal kicking in next season it looks at those he’ll keep that title for at least another four years.
Fleury currently has more wins than any other goalie in the last seven years and he’s off to a great start this year as he currently boasts a 7-2-0 record to go with a 1.89 GAA and he’s already collected 3 shutouts. Did I mention he’s a measly five wins shy of becoming just the 31st goalie to win 300 career games?
But with that said, there are many that feel that has more to do with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin than it does with Fleury. They also say he’s a great regular season goalie yet he struggles in the postseason.
To that I say they may have somewhat of a point, especially since his recent playoff performances have been rather regrettable, but if you ask me the Penguins as a whole have woefully underperformed in the postseason recently and I guess blaming the goalie is just easier than pointing the finger at some of the big stars in Pittsburgh.
Finally, Fleury still has to make saves from time to time as pucks generally don’t stop themselves and let’s be honest, Pittsburgh hasn’t ever really had the best defensive corps or even the best defensive mentality as a team since Fleury became the starter. Yet for his career, Fleury has a .911 save percentage to go with a 2.61 goals against average and those are solid numbers in the NHL regardless of who is playing in front of you.
Oh and before I forget, Fleury is the Penguins all-time leader in games played (540), wins (295) and shutouts (31). Can he really be that bad?