After all the speculation for what seems like a couple of months of now, Marc-Andre Fleury has been traded to the Minnesota Wild for a conditional second round pick in 2022. The pick could become a first round pick if the Wild make it to the conference final and if Fleury wins more than 4 of those games.
Though his time in Chicago was short and ended with an ugly 6-4 loss against Winnipeg, Blackhawks players and fans came to love Flower, which is a testament to his character. He had a 19-21-5 record, 2.95 goals against average, and .908 save percentage. While his numbers aren't incredible due to the awful 1-9-2 start under Jeremy Colliton, you really have to wonder how worse off the Blackhawks would be if Fleury didn't play the way that he played for most games.
We weren't sure if Fleury was going to be traded this season. He held all the cards as when he was traded to Chicago from Vegas, they gave him a gentlemen agreement, and wouldn't trade him unless he wanted to be. It was reported that Fleury turned down going to Washington, but Minnesota makes sense as they're cup contenders and it's closer to Chicago with his family.
As for Minnesota's side of things, they're trying to win a Stanley Cup. Fleury and Talbot will be their goaltending duo after trading Kaapo Kahkonen to San Jose for Jacob Middleton.
Marc-Andre Fleury is a future hall of fame goaltender that has 3 Stanley Cups, a Vezina Trophy, and above all, is a great human being. I wish him nothing but luck in Minnesota and that he goes far so that way he can go for fourth cup, also so that Chicago can get a first round pick. I wonder how much longer he plays for.