As I was reading a review of Penguins prospect Taylor Gauthier on PensBurgh, I got the idea to write about a subject I don’t often touch on.
Count me among those who were wondering if the Pens might make a play for franchise icon Marc-Andre Fleury this summer. Nearing the end of a lucrative contract, the sure-fire Hall-of-Famer and mega-popular ex-Pen was a free-agent to be.
Given Casey DeSmith’s core muscle injuries and the fact that the New Hampshire native was a pending UFA as well? I thought Fleury might make a nice 1A option behind incumbent Tristan Jarry, similar to the role he filled with us back in 2016-17 after being supplanted as the full-time starter by Matt Murray.
Some (not I) even opined that the Pens might sign Fleury and deal Jarry.
However, any thoughts of a Flower redux in the ‘Burgh were dashed on July 5 when GM Ron Hextall inked DeSmith to a new two-year deal with an AAV of $1.8 million. Two days later Fleury re-signed with Minnesota, also on a two-year contract, with an annual cap hit of $3.5 million.