Blackhawks trade Fleury to Wild for conditional pick

Posted: 21/03/2022 in NHL
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The Chicago Blackhawks are trading veteran netminder Marc-Andre Fleury to the Minnesota Wild for a conditional second-round pick, the teams announced Monday.

If Minnesota reaches the Western Conference Final and Fleury wins a minimum of four games in the opening two rounds, the Blackhawks will get the Wild’s 2022 first-round pick. If neither condition is met, Chicago receives a second-rounder in this year’s draft.

Chicago will retain 50% of Fleury’s salary in the deal.

Fleury, 37, is a pending unrestricted free agent. His deal, signed with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018, featured a 10-team no-trade clause.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner was dealt from the Vegas Golden Knights to the Blackhawks in a stunning trade last offseason. By joining the Wild, Fleury will now have a chance to compete for his fourth Stanley Cup.

Fleury is 19-21-5 in 2021-22 with a .908 save percentage and minus-1.2 goals saved above average. He’ll tandem with the incumbent Cam Talbot – who’s posted a .907 save percentage on the year – down the stretch run and into the postseason.

The Wild also dealt goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to the San Jose Sharks on Monday. He appeared in 25 games for the club this season.

Fleury is third on the NHL’s all-time wins list with 511 and has appeared in 162 playoff games over his 18-year career.

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