Ve­gas gives Fleury three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Sports -

It didn’t take long for Marc-An­dre Fleury to fall in love with his new home­town dur­ing his first sea­son with the Ve­gas Golden Knights.

Now, it looks as though he’ll spend the rest of his ca­reer here.

The Golden Knights agreed to terms Fri­day with the three-time Stan­ley Cup cham­pion goalie on a three­year con­tract ex­ten­sion worth an av­er­age of $7 mil­lion a year.

Fleury had one year re­main­ing on his con­tract. The ex­ten­sion would keep him with Ve­gas through the 2021-22 sea­son, mean­ing Fleury, 33, could end his ca­reer with the Golden Knights.

“This or­ga­ni­za­tion gave me a chance to play, to play a lot of games, they be­lieved in me,” Fleury said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence to an­nounce the deal. “The suc­cess that we had over the sea­son, win­ning al­ways makes ev­ery­thing bet­ter. And then the fans, how much they sup­ported us right from day one. They were crazy all sea­son long and the play­offs were a lot of fun to play. We could re­ally feel the in­ten­sity in the build­ing from the fans.

“My fam­ily loves it, too. Great schools, great neigh­bor­hoods, lots to do for the kids and I feel very for­tu­nate.”

The Golden Knights se­lected Fleury in the 2017 ex­pan­sion draft from the Pen­guins. He won 29 games in the 2017-18 sea­son, in­clud­ing the 400th vic­tory of his ca­reer. He reg­is­tered the best statistical reg­u­lar sea­son of his ca­reer with a goals-against av­er­age of 2.24 and a save per­cent­age of .927. He has 404 ca­reer wins in 737 games be­tween Pitts­burgh (691 games) and Ve­gas (46) and ranks 11th in vic­to­ries in NHL his­tory.

Fleury helped the Golden Knights to the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion ti­tle and an ap­pear­ance in the 2018 Stan­ley Cup fi­nal in their in­au­gu­ral sea­son. He ap­peared in all 20 games for the Golden Knights in the play­offs, where Ve­gas’ sto­ry­book sea­son ended with a loss to the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal.

Stars

The Dal­las Stars re-signed for­ward Devin Shore, 23, to a $4.6 mil­lion, two-year con­tract. Shore was a re­stricted free agent.

Else­where

A fed­eral judge over­see­ing the NHL con­cus­sion case has de­nied class-ac­tion sta­tus for for­mer play­ers su­ing the league over head in­juries.

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