Mark-Andre Fleury is returning to the Minnesota Wild, the club announced on Thursday the extension of his two-year, 7 million contract.
Fleury, 37, is signed for the 2023-24 season. Their new deal also includes a full no-movement clause.
Minnesota bought Fleury from Chicago through last March’s trade deadline for a second-round draft pick. The Fleury Wild Incubant Cam was part of a 1-2 tandem with Talbot and went 9-2-0 with .910 SV% and 2.74 GAA to complete the regular season with Minnesota. Fleury was used as the team’s post-season starter and set a 2-3-0 record with .906 SV% and 3.04 GAA in Wild’s first round defeat against St.
Flurry recorded his 16th consecutive participation in the NHL Playoffs, the most by any goalkeeper in league history. The 2021 Vagina Trophy winner is also a three-time Stanley Cup champion – in 2009, 2016 and 2017 – during his 12-year tenure with Pittsburgh.
Wilde has been at the forefront of maintaining Flurry’s services since last season, but Netminder was looking for more than just a one-year contract. He has a long-standing relationship with Wild General Manager Bill Guerin, who helped Fleury decide last March to waive his no-movement clause and facilitate business in Chicago. Minnesota is facing a cap crunch for the next few seasons, but Guerin was finally able to satisfy Fleury in terms and dollars.
This determines Minnesota’s goal-scoring position, if not for the foreseeable future. Talbot is entering the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent in July 2023.