Marc-Andre Fleury says he would've welcomed a trade to the Flames last season
Marc-Andre Fleury knows , but that doesn’t mean the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins goalie would’ve turned down an opportunity to head north and call Scotiabank Saddledome his home.in Calgary, and
Sportsnet’s Eric Francis, the same one behind reports of the Flames’ local arena troubles, noted this week that Fleury “was preparing for the possibility of becoming a Calgary Flame” during the 2016-17 season and “would likely have waived his no-trade clause” to go from Pittsburgh to Calgary if Pens general manager Jim Rutherford had struck a deal before March’s trade deadline.
The Flames went on to stick with Brian Elliott, who has since departed via free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Penguins, of course, went on to win their second straight Stanley Cup thanks to efforts from both Fleury and Matt Murray in the playoffs. But if Rutherford had, in fact, turned Fleury speculation into an actual Fleury trade, the two-time All-Star admitted he might have welcomed a move to Canada.
“I think so,” Fleury said, per Francis. “I think Calgary is a great town and a great hockey team, too. I think they’ll be very good again this year.”
The longtime Pens standout is right about the Flames, whoto bolster an already-dangerous bunch entering 2017-18. And that’s exactly why, outside of Vegas, where the 32-year-old goalie can reprise his role as a No. 1 and become an immediate icon for a new-market expansion team, Calgary might have made the most sense as a post-Pittsburgh landing spot for “Flower Power.”