MHL: Per NHL Sources, Marc-Andre Fleury Waived His Modified NMC For Expansion Draft

Did goalie Marc-Andre Fleury just hoist his third Stanley Cup in his last game with the Pittsburgh Penguins and in the arena and city where the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions took him first overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft? Multiple NHL sources – one very close to the situation – have confirmed to Murphy’s Hockey Law that Fleury agreed to waive his modified no-movement and no-trade clauses for the June 21 NHL Expansion Draft well in advance of the 5 PM Monday deadline for all NHL teams to submit a list of players who have done the same with all such clauses. It is not known whether Fleury will end up with the Vegas Golden Knights or possibly be part of some trade surrounding the Expansion Draft.

Nine days short of the 14-year anniversary of arguably the best NHL draft ever, where the Pens selected Fleury with the top pick, Fleury skated around the Bridgestone Arena ice in Nashville with the Cup in what was very likely his last game as a Penguin. According to one source, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford approached Fleury leading into the March 1 NHL Trade Deadline about waiving and the longtime Penguin netminder agreed on an unnamed team and if that failed, to do it for the expansion draft because he understood now two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie Matt Murray was the future between the Pens’ pipes. Rutherford has since heaped loads of praise upon Fleury for the class and modesty he showed. He’s obviously praising and thanking him even more after Fleury came in to relieve Murray in the first round against Columbus and helped the Penguins advance to the Eastern Conference final as they beat the Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals.

After his twirl with the Cup Monday, Fleury literally passed the torch to Murray, handing the young phenom the storied chalice.

Murray gave a shout out to his mentor and teammate after another shutout in the 2-0 Game 6 Cup-clinching win.

“Flower is the biggest reason why we even got here,” Murray told Scott Oake of Hockey Night In Canada and Sportsnet. “He’s been a special person for me and a huge mentor. The fact that he passed me the Cup there; my rank is way down the bottom and I got it ahead of some of the older guys, and that’s because Flower handed it to me. I have to say that’s one of the most special moments of my life.

Later Fleury explained to Arpon Basu of NHL.com why he sought out Murray and handed him the Cup.

Fleury was then approached about his future by David Amber of Hockey Night In Canada and Sportsnet.

“It’s been good,” Fleury told Amber. “I tried to remind myself when I got the Cup of those two series and it was one of the most fun hockey I’ve played. I really enjoyed those series and to win there at the end was nice. A few of us we’ve been together for many years and it’s been a great time. I’m not sure what’s going to happen but we’ll enjoy the next few days here.”

What’s likely going to happen is that Fleury will soon be leaving the city he’s called home since 2003.

Featured Image Credit: By Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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