Could the Golden Knights Trade Marc-Andre Fleury?

The Vegas Golden Knights' elimination from the semifinals by the Montreal Canadiens sparked media conjecture over their potential off-season moves. Much of it centered on Marc-Andre Fleury, the 2021 Vezina Trophy winner. Lyle Richardson has more.
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The Vegas Golden Knights' elimination from the semifinals by the Montreal Canadiens sparked media conjecture over their potential off-season moves. Much of it centered on Marc-Andre Fleury.

ESPN.com's Greg Wyshynski raised the issue of trading the 36-year-old goaltender to enable the Golden Knights to gain some salary-cap flexibility. Cap Friendly indicates they have $75.4 million invested in 18 players, with $12 million tied up in their goaltending.

Fleury carries an annual average value of $7 million. Wyshynski wondered if he'd be easier to move with a year left on his deal and coming off a Vezina Trophy win.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Ed Graney shared that view. With Robin Lehner under contract for four more years, he thinks it's time they move on from Fleury.

Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggested the Penguins attempt to bring back Fleury. He believes it shouldn't cost the Penguins more than a third-round pick. He also felt the Golden Knights would have to absorb part of his cap hit.

The Golden Knights' lack of depth at center proved costly in their series with the Canadiens. They must free up some cap room to address that issue. Graney suggested they pursue a high-end talent such as the Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel.

However, The Athletic's Jesse Granger pointed out team owner Bill Foley has publicly stated he didn't want Fleury traded. Fleury, who carries a 10-team no-trade clause, expressed his wish to retire in Las Vegas.

Fleury's Vezina Trophy win would make him easier to trade but that won't happen if ownership forbids it. Management will have to consider other options to free up cap room to add a scoring center. 

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