Legendary NHL and Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in front of the Montreal Skyline
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Marc-Andre Fleury With the Canadiens? Insider Has Made a Surprising Statement

Published January 10, 2024 at 8:59 PM

It's indeed surprising to hear Stéphane Waite, the former goaltending coach for the Montreal Canadiens, suggest acquiring Marc-André Fleury for the next season, given the current three-goalie dilemma weighing on the team.

While the 39-year-old veteran is an excellent teammate and could be a great mentor for Samuel Montembeault, the Canadiens already have a goaltender in Jake Allen, and it seems they might want to move him to make room for young Cayden Primeau.

Fleury's statistics aren't outstanding either, with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage. The appeal of adding a Québécois and future Hall of Famer is understandable, but beyond these factors, recruiting Fleury to Montreal doesn't seem to offer many advantages.

The most conflicting part is Waite's insistence on giving time to Primeau to reach his full potential. If a veteran like Fleury comes in, possibly for just one season with the CH, what would happen to Primeau's development?

Even with great admiration for Fleury, signing him in Montreal, especially if Allen is traded during the season to pave the way for a young Montembeault-Primeau tandem, doesn't seem logical.

Waite's comments appear to be quite contradictory.

January 10   |   248 answers
Marc-Andre Fleury With the Canadiens? Insider Has Made a Surprising Statement

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