Will the Penguins re-sign Marc-Andre Fleury before the start of this season? Are the Flyers still trying to move Vincent Lecavalier?
TRIBLIVE.COM: Josh Yohe reports Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to start this season without a new contract. Fleury is entering the final year of his current deal and will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said he’s not in any hurry to open contract talks with Fleury. Allan Walsh, the goalie’s agent, isn’t offended by Rutherford’s remarks, claiming he’s on the same page as the Penguins general manager. Rutherford claims he envisions Fleury as the Penguins long-term goalie. Walsh claims his client’s focus is on the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleury’s performance this season should determine how long he’ll have a future with the Penguins. If he struggles this season his name could pop up in trade rumors.
NJ.COM: Randy Miller reports Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube dismissed trade rumors which swirled about Vincent Lecavalier this summer. Berube believes Lecavalier simply needs to change his game a little bit, hoping to make him more defensively responsible. The Flyers reportedly attempted to move Lecavalier this summer, even allowing his agent to speak with other clubs to drum up trade interest. Rumored deals with the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers failed to materialize. There’s also talk Lecavalier’s no-movement clause further complicated things.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers and Lecavalier are stuck with each other so they’re obviously going to make the best of the situation. I still believe Flyers GM Ron Hextall prefers to move Lecavalier and could try shopping him again later this season, even if it means picking up part of his salary to do so.