The Chicago Blackhawks are waiting on Marc-Andre Fleury to decide whether or not he is going to play in Chicago. The team does have some options regardless of what option he chooses.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a goalie.
Marc-Andre Fleury is the elite goalie that definitely will help the roster for a season. He is signed for 7 million through the end of this season, and then after that, he can go play wherever he wants. Should he choose to ask for a trade then I am sure the Hawks would be able to get that done, but for now, he would be a great goaltender for the franchise.
Kevin Lankinen needs a mentor to help guide him into the starting crease. The same way Crawford helped Raanta and Darling eventually get starting jobs, Chicago could use Fleury as a mentor for Lankinen.
Lankinen is coming off his first season in the NHL where he did play pretty well, but at times he looked caught out of place and was not the most consistent player. If he is going to be the number one guy he will need to have someone that can help mature him into the role, and Fleury is a great option for that.
When Crawford came into the league in 2011, it was Marty Turco that was his mentor as Chicago signed Turco that offseason, trading for Fleury this season gives Chicago not only a good mentor but a Vezina Trophy-winning goalie.
So Fleury can choose to play, ask for a trade, or just retire. Either way, the team has options for whatever he chooses Let’s talk about them.