Marc-Andre Fleury to the Toronto Maple Leafs
Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Cap Hit: $7 Million until 2022 (UFA)
Contract: 10 Team No Trade List
Last season’s Vezina Trophy winner will certainly be on the move before this season’s NHL Trade Deadline. What would it take to get him into a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey?
It didn’t take much for Chicago to get him from Vegas (just 2018 5th round ECHLer Mikael Hakkarainen), but he may be more valuable on an expiring contract. There are sure to be a few teams looking to add Marc-Andre Fleury to their rosters before the playoffs, so the price may be high.
Fleury’s $7 million contract may seem like a lot to swallow, but Chicago could retain 50% salary to bring it down to $3.5 million, and if the Leafs are willing to give up on Mrazek’s $3.8 million cap hit, they could actually save space for more transactions.
Adding a Vezina trophy winner with three Stanley Cup rings would be a huge addition for this season’s playoffs. With Fleury and Jack Campbell both being UFA’s it could leave the Leafs with nothing in net next season, but even without Fleury, they could be left with only Mrazek.
It may be worth it to bring in a goaltender of Marc-Andre Fleury’s caliber for a Stanley Cup run even if it means dismantling the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending core and replacing it in the offseason.
Teams like the Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes did it last offseason, and they are two of the top teams again this season. On the other hand, Toronto could still re-sign either Campbell or Fleury (or both) before the start of next season.
At 37 years old, Fleury’s next contract should be more affordable and short term. If Campbell continues to slump, his next contract shouldn’t be too hard to swallow either.
As fun as adding Fleury would be, the Toronto Maple Leafs are not likely to trade for another goaltender before the NHL Trade Deadline. Jack Campbell was one of the best goalies in the NHL before this two month slump, and I think everyone is hoping he can return to form.
The NHL Trade Deadline is March 21st, 2022 at 3pm est.