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Penguins Tried to Re-Acquire Marc-Andre Fleury While Hiring a New GM [Report]

Reports are circulating that the Pittsburgh Penguins inquired about trading for Marc-Andre Fleury while they searched for a new GM.

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According to a recent report by Bob McKenzie (TSN), the Pittsburgh Penguins tried to acquire goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the search for a new GM and before Ron Hextall and Brian Burke were brought on board. As per Rob Rossi of the Athletic, McKenzie said he heard the team made inquiries, even though it sounds like the talks didn’t lead to anything of substance.

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Very interesting news considering it can be argued the Penguins have never really had a true No. 1 starting backstop since letting Fleury leave in the NHL Expansion Draft to the Vegas Golden Knights and after news this past offseason that the Golden Knights were actively shopping Fleury’s contract as they tried to land Alex Pietrangelo in free agency.

Reports are that Fleury does prefer to end his career with Penguins and many people think he will eventually re-sign with the team. But, because there are now questions about what the Penguins will do this season to keep their competitive window open and be a playoff franchise, talk surrounding them adding pieces like a Marc-Andre Fleury could get louder as the season rolls along.

The problem for a team like the Penguins is that there’s not much of a reason for Vegas to move Fleury now. The netminder has improved to 5-0-0 through five appearances so far this season and the Golden Knights are leading the Honda West Division with an 8-1-1 record.

Rob Rossi of The Athletic writes:

Bottom line: even inquiry about Fleury from Penguins is A) peculiar, as it was made by interim GM; B) shows concern have with current goaltending situation. Casey DeSmith starting at NY Islanders, FWIW.

But to be clear: from what I’ve heard, Vegas is NOT moving Fleury. So all the points moot.

A Play Pushed by Ownership?

One has to wonder if Penguins’ ownership was spearheading this play? While it’s possible interim GM Patrik Allvin could have been behind the move, it’s odd to assume as much because it’s a pretty big play for a guy that was in the mix for the long-term GM opening. That trade, if completed, would have been a bold move for an acting GM with no guarantees.

Does that mean ownership was behind the decision to kick tires again on Fleury? If so, it could speak loudly to the mentality of the team this season and the fact that it would be shocking to see veterans like Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang or Sidney Crosby go anywhere.

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