1. Starting in Goal: Marc-Andre Fleury!
The Chicago Blackhawks’ ideal situation would be Fleury playing this season. The money is pretty much worked out as long as the team places a bigger contract like Brett Connolly in Rockford for the season.
In this ideal situation, the Blackhawks run with Fleury and Lankinen for the year. Fleury would be the 1A option while Lankinen would be the 1B option. Last season Fleury played in 36 games, which came out to about 64 percent of the games during the regular season. The Blackhawks could choose to play Fleury for say 48-52 games and then Lankinen could play the rest.
I do not see the Fleury and Lankinen duo as a Crawford/Lehner combination where the team just used the hotter goalie. It really would be Fleury’s net from the start and not a competition to see who the better netminder is.
Now that said if next season Lankinen is truly at another level and Fleury seems to have taken a step back then things could be different. If Fleury chooses to play in Chicago they are better off, but a trade also wouldn’t hurt them.