The Chicago Blackhawks' Marc-Andre Fleury has been a fixture in the NHL rumor mill this season. With the March 21 trade deadline approaching, it remains to be seen if the 37-year-old goaltender will agree to a trade.
Fleury carries a 10-team no-trade list but has assurances from Blackhawks management that they won't move him unless he wants to be traded. Meanwhile, there are mixed signals as to his intentions as the deadline draws near.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons cited a source claiming Fleury didn't want to be traded. However, agent Allan Walsh told The Athletic's Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers that no decisions have been made and all options remain on the table.
Those options could be the emergence of a club Fleury would be willing to be traded to, such as a club with Stanley Cup aspirations.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman believes the Washington Capitals are among four or five teams keen on Fleury but TSN's Pierre LeBrun doesn't think they're on his shortlist. Friedman's colleague Emily Sadler suggested the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights as possible landing spots.
Fleury would probably welcome a return to the Penguins but they appear set with Tristan Jarry as their starter. Meanwhile, the Wild will stick with the tandem of Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen.
Golden Knights' GM Kelly McCrimmon last month shot down the notion of a reunion with Fleury. The Oilers desperately need a reliable starter but they could be on his no-trade list. As for the Leafs, LeBrun also said they're not believed on his list of destinations.