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Traded goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will play for Chicago Blackhawks

USA TODAY
USA TODAY
 2021-08-01
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Vezina Trophy (goaltender) winner: Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights (108 points) Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury has agreed to play for the Chicago Blackhawks this season after his trade.

The Blackhawks’ Twitter account dropped hints about the decision Sunday by tweeting an emoji of a flower, Fleury’s nickname. The team later released a video of the goalie on a tarmac, saying, "Hey Chicago, it's Marc. So I'm letting you know I'm in. Let's get to work."

Fleury, who played the last four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights, was dealt to the Blackhawks on July 27 for minor league forward Mikael Hakkarainen.

He had told the Golden Knights that he wanted to stay in Las Vegas because his family enjoyed the city. After the trade, he wanted to discuss the situation with his family, and they will join him in Chicago.

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Fleury, 36, was voted the top goaltender last season after going 26-10 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. He and Robin Lehner shared the Williams Jennings Trophy for the lowest team goals-against average.

In Chicago, he’ll bolster a revamped team that added defensemen Seth Jones, Caleb Jones and Jake McCabe and forwards Tyler Johnson and Jujhar Khaira. Captain Jonathan Toews also plans to return from a season-long ailment .

Fleury, who ranks third in all-time victories (492) and has won three Stanley Cups, has one year left on a contract that pays him $7 million this year.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Traded goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will play for Chicago Blackhawks

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