Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has informed the Chicago Blackhawks that he will play in 2021-22, multiple outlets reported Sunday.
Chicago acquired the 36-year-old veteran from the Vegas Golden Knights in a trade on Tuesday, but he reportedly was concerned about uprooting his family and was considering retirement instead of playing out the final season of his contract.
The Blackhawks tweeted a flower emoji on Sunday morning, apparently confirming the reports. Fleury’s nickname is “Flower.”
Fleury won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2020-21 and was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is due to earn $7 million in 2021-22.
Fleury went 26-10-0 with six shutouts to go along with a 1.98 goals-against average and a career-high .928 save percentage in 36 games this past season.
Fleury has posted a 492-276-2-80 record with 67 shutouts, a 2.55 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 883 career games. His win total ranks third all time, trailing only Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551).
–Field Level Media