The end of the 2017-18 hockey year was not the one the Vegas Golden Knights and their new fan base hoped for, however, they have something totally awesome to smile and cheer about on Friday morning.
The Golden Knights shared the breaking news that they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. He has one year remaining on his contract at a salary of $5.75 million before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent. However now, there will be four more years in Vegas.
This may come as a surprise for some, but they won't be complaining about it.
Fleury was everything the Knights hoped for — and more — when they cut a deal to select him from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the expansion draft last summer. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, this is obviously a great reward for the veteran netminder.
Despite missing 25 games from October to December because of a concussion, Fleury posted a 29-13-4 record and set career bests in goals-against average (2.24) and save percentage (.927). This was the boost he needed after coming off the worst regular season of his career in 2017 with the Penguins.
Now, he has another great motivation for the 2018-19 campaign with his new contract in his pockets, and the satisfaction of knowing that ending his career in Vegas is now a very tangible possibility.
"A year ago, I was told I was getting too old to play," Fleury told the Las Vegas Journal at the end of the postseason. "I still have a lot of fun. Certainly Vegas has given me this opportunity to do what I love, and I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else, and hopefully I can finish my career here.”
Back on March 12 at Philadelphia he became the 13th goalie in NHL history to reach 400 career victories, and Flower is clearly ready for more.
This sure seems like the Golden Knights wanted the same thing and the contract extension is a great sign to come for more success for Fleury and the expansion team in the NHL.