DoctorJohnnyFever, on 24 November 2016 - 10:52 AM, said:
Since Fleury has a limited no-trade clause they would have to protect him in the expansion draft, unless they could convince him to waive his no-trade clause. They would have no other choice in the matter. My guess is it never gets to that point and he gets traded at some point later this season because they know Murray would almost certainly get picked if he were to be exposed.
Trading him over the summer was always going to be an issue because there were only a handful of teams that needed a goalie and there were several other teams also looking to move goalies. I think as you get into the season teams will start to realize they might have a hole at the position and be more willing to do something.
I would not worry too much about their commitment to Murray or his development. Since he returned to the lineup he has started seven out of the 11 games.
Who's gonna take that terrible contract? Honestly, that might be the worst contract in all of hockey when you take into account the entire context.
- Fleury's performance has collapsed. It's no longer a question of whether his contract is worth the money--it's obviously not. The relevant question has become whether Fleury is better than the guys in the AHL and on the waiver wire. He's not just hurting the team capwise anymore, he's actively hurting them on the ice.
- Fleury's position means that they can't "hide" him in a fourth-line role. He's going to continue to start and play whole games, hurting the team in 60-minute stretches.
- Fleury's position means that you can't have both him and a legit NHL starter (or even a budget-friendly backup) on your roster come June. A skater with a similar contract doesn't necessarily force you to expose any important players, because there are more spots. Other teams may be in different positions in terms of the number of skaters they really want to protect, making trades easier. Any team that trades for Fleury will be in the exact same position as the Penguins are now: they'll be forced to protect Fleury and expose a more valuable goalie.
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