Former Hockey Fan
Joined: Jun. 2017
Vegas trades away the person who has been the face of the franchise since they’ve existed immediately after winning a Vezina trophy for essentially nothing. The cap space allows them to bring back Alec Martinez. In a normal year, the Vezina winner at $7 million for 1 year would be very desirable, but the flat cap and Fleury’s age means that Vegas can’t get anything in return.
For Vegas, this move makes sense roster-wise, but not so much sense value-wise or emotionally. It’s a tough call, but I think they did the right thing to make their team as good as possible.
And for Chicago, this is an absolute steal. The organization is still a mess making terrible moves left and right, but getting a top goalie for free is a no-brainer. Big win for the Hawks. If he retires, the Hawks lose nothing and they’re in the same boat anyways.