Three Potential Trade Candidates for the Chicago Blackhawks
Marc-Andre Fleury previously secured his 500th career win Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Fleury was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights over the summer in a cap dump for a minor league player from the Rockford IceHogs.
This move was seen as skeptical based on Fleury's disappointment on being traded and rumors of possibly retiring, despite agreeing to the move in late July. Fleury was expected to perform with the outstanding talent he was expected to bring to the goaltending crease before the season started.
In his previous stints with the Penguins and the Golden Knights, Fleury played under a well-structured defense that didn't give up that many offensive opportunities. Fleury struggled to adapt to the Blackhawks' defensive structure and gave up an abysmal amount of goals and averaged a 4.63 GAA and .872 save percentage prior to Colliton's firing.
Fleury has performed exceptionally better since King took over and has two shutouts under his belt this season. The Blackhawks currently hold a 10-15-2 record and haven't established a winning consistency.
Fleury did not sign up to play for a rebuilding team and the team hasn't shown they're committed to a winning culture with their recent struggles. Fleury has played under a winning culture his entire career and deserves to play for a contending team that'll make a run for the cup and if the Blackhawks don't fix their offensive or defensive inconsistencies or get above a .500 record before the trade deadline, expect Fleury to be moved.
Possible Trade Locations/Scenarios:
Edmonton Oilers - 1st round draft pick, New York Rangers - 2nd round draft pick or decent prospect, Boston Bruins - 2nd round draft pick or decent prospect, Pittsburgh Penguins - 3rd round draft pick (if this is his last season, he deserves to retire as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins)