Joined: Jan 2017
I get that he's playing well. I get that he'd be a good pick for Vegas, or a solid guy to have in Calgary, but you guys aren't thinking from his point of view. Fleury holds all of the chips here. There's two big reasons why he shouldn't waive his NTC to go to Vegas:
1) Financially it doesn't make much sense. If he waives his NTC, he'll continue to be paid $5.75 for each of the next two years, for a total of $11.5 mil. If he doesn't waive, and instead gets bought out, He'll make $1.916 over each of the next 4 seasons, for a total of $7.66, a difference of about $3.8 million bucks, meaning, as long as he signed somewhere for more than $1.9 mil/season (Which is a no doubter), he'd make more money.
2) Do you think he actually wants to be the goalie on an expansion team? They aren't going to be good. He'll be 33 years old and really has no reason to willingly leave Pittsburgh to become the starter on a team that isn't going to be in the playoffs for at least a couple of years.