REPORT: Blackhawks Acquire Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights

Well that’s one way to begin a Tuesday!

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights for minor-leaguer Mikael Hakkarainen. The Golden Knights will not be retaining salary on Fleury’s deal, which has one year remaining at $7M AAV.

Fleury, who turns 37-years-old in November, won his first-ever Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s Best Goaltender last year, posting a 26-10-0 record with a .928 save-percentage and a 1.98 GAA. He helped Vegas reach the third round of Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, before splitting time with Robin Lehner in the back-end of Vegas’ run.

This move will require a lot of salary cap movement for the Blackhawks, since they are adding Fleury’s full $7M cap hit for the 2021-22 season. It is likely that Nikita Zadorov and/or Calvin de Haan are targets to be moved from the team, as well as having to potentially move Brent Seabrook and/or Andrew Shaw’s contract from Chicago’s books.

This is unfortunate, but ’tis the era:

And there is a potential wrench, here:

We will have to keep an eye on what actually happens with Fleury here, if Friedman’s report is true. For the time being, the Blackhawks add Fleury as their sure-fire No. 1 goalie for next season. Fluery has a career .913 save-percentage, 67 career shutouts, and has been part of three Stanley Cup Championship teams with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

More thoughts momentarily.

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Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.

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