Penguins GM Jim Rutherford lends support to G Marc-Andre Fleury
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be with the team as long as he is in charge, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Fleury, 29, is in the final season of a seven-year, $35 million contract. Earlier this year Rutherford, who was hired as GM during the offseason, said he was "not in a hurry to do a contract with him."
Rutherford gave Fleury a vote of confidence, according to Rossi.
"As long as I'm the GM, he'll be our goalie."
Since winning the Stanley Cup Final in 2009, Fleury has been inconsistent during the postseason. In 2012 and 2013, his goals against averages in the playoffs were 4.63 and 3.52, respectively. He was benched in favor of Tomas Vokoun during the 2013 playoffs.
In the Penguins' four games this season, Fleury has gone 3-1-0 while saving 91.5 percent of the shots he has faced with a 2.50 goals against average. The 30-year-old has played his entire 11-year career in Pittsburgh since he was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft.
The Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
- Paul Palladino