Future Hall of Famer makes saddened announcement regarding his NHL career

Published December 9, 2023 at 0:01

In a season marked by uncertainties and personal reflections, Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks, is leaning towards retirement after this season. The 39-year-old veteran, currently in his 20th NHL season and second with the Wild, is facing tough decisions about his playing future.

«I just feel lucky — lucky that I could play this long, do what I love, play hockey, and for this many games.»
Said Fleury

This season has proven to be a challenge for Fleury, with his on-ice performance falling short of the standards set in his first year with the Wild. Across ten games played, he's posted a 3.21 goals-against average (GAA) and a .884 save percentage (SV%). If these figures persist, they would represent the lowest save percentage of his storied career and his highest GAA since the 2005-06 campaign.

''I'm just going to keep it going about and try to win some games. It's a little more fun now, right? Everybody's in a good mood, smiling again. I still think I'll wait till the end, yeah.»

As the goaltender contemplates his future, the looming decision is compounded by the fact that Fleury is in the final year of his contract, which carries a $3.5 million cap charge. This juncture in his career suggests retirement may be on the horizon, marking the end of an era for one of the NHL's most accomplished goalies.

Fleury, known for his remarkable achievements, including three Stanley Cup championships, has left an indelible mark on the sport. If retirement is indeed in the cards, it would signal the conclusion of a brilliant career, leaving fans and the hockey community reflecting on the legacy of a goaltending legend.
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Future Hall of Famer makes saddened announcement regarding his NHL career

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