NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marc-Andre Fleury could be headed to the Vegas Golden Knights.
According to a tweet Monday afternoon from Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Fleury has agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract and thus will be exposed in the upcoming expansion draft, which will be held Wednesday, June 21.
The deadline for a team to ask a player to waive his no-movement clause is Monday at 5 p.m. EST.
Fleury waiving his no-movement clause means there’s a strong likelihood the expansion franchise will draft the Penguins’ longest-tenured player, who lost his starting job in Pittsburgh to Matt Murray.
If Vegas takes Fleury, he would also count as the only player the Penguins would lose to expansion.
According to Lavoie, Fleury accepted the Penguins’ request back in February to waive his no-movement clause — only for the expansion draft.
No deal works out for Lemieux, Penguins ownership
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two years ago, Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle flirted with the idea of a possible sale.
A pair of Stanley Cups later, and it’s doubtful Lemieux and Burkle are second-guessing their decision to yank the team off the market.
Not when the Penguins consistently smashed viewership records throughout the postseason, filled PPG Paints Arena for a raucous watch party Sunday night and became the first NHL club since 1997-98 to win back-to-back Cups.
“We were exploring all options,” Lemieux said on the ice Sunday after the Penguins’ 2-0 victory over the Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at Bridgestone Arena. “We’re happy with the way we’ve been doing business over the last few years. For us it’s about winning and giving these guys a chance to win a Stanley Cup every year. With that, we’re happy.”
So, too, is the NHL.
The Penguins remain among the league’s sexiest draws, an outfit built on star power and a lot of winning, a slam-dunk way of selling the sport to the masses.
Game 6 for the Penguins drew a 40.0 rating locally, up from 35.1 for Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks last year. It ranks as the second-best all-time for Pittsburgh, behind a 42.2 for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in 2009.
Over the past 10 years, the Penguins are either first or tied for first league-wide in every conceivable category used to quantify team success: Stanley Cups (3), Cup final appearances (4), conference final appearances (5), playoff wins (90), postseason games played (152) and regular season wins (467).
Couple all that with the Penguins’ sellout streak — currently at 484 — and it’s easy to see what Lemieux means when he says business has been good.
“It’s amazing for these guys,” Lemieux said. “To be able to do it three times in a short period of time, it’s special.”