#4 Marc-André Fleury – Minnesota Wild
2021-22 Stats: .908 SV%, 2.90 GAA, 28-23-5
Last Contract: $7 million AAV
Potential Next Season: Starter/Tandem Goaltender
Marc-André Fleury is the most accomplished UFA goaltender available this offseason. He’s just one season removed from winning the Vezina and Jennings trophies in what was arguably his best NHL season so far.
With great accomplishments, usually comes big money. At his age though, he’ll likely drop down considerably from his last contract of $7 million AAV, but it’s hard to determine his market value.
A desperate team may be willing to overpay him, but he may take a cut to go to a contender, though he has won a few Cups already.
Fleury is still a capable starter and would likely prefer to go to a team looking for a reliable starter rather than a tandem.
If Jack Campbell doesn’t return to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Darcy Kuemper doesn’t return to the Colorado Avalanche, they may be the top two contenders looking for a starter of his caliber.
For either the Toronto Maple Leafs or Colorado Avalanche, Fleury’s services will depend on price. If he drops down to the $4 million range, I’m sure the Leafs will be very interested. Apparently, the Leafs were interested in him for a reduced price at the trade deadline but didn’t want to lose their first round pick.