One rumor fire I can safely extinguis: Rumors to the contrary, there is no possibility of a Marc-Andre Fleury trade to the Colorado Avalanche by the March 21 NHL trade deadline.
Well, OK, if both Darcy Kuemper and Pavel Francouz might both be injured within the next week, maybe. But if not, there are no plans by Avs GM Joe Sakic to make a big trade for a new goalie within next Monday.
It’s sort of been portrayed that Fleury would have his choice of any trade proposal from many of the existing Cup contenders. But, at least from the Avalanche’s end, I’m told there is not much interest in any big type of offer for him.
Personally, I think this is the right non-move. Sakic has already sacrificed a good-sized piece of the cupboard to get Kuemper, and he just signed Frankie to a 2-year extension. It would not only open him to a fair amount of second-guessing for not acquiring the right guy last time but potentially be too much of a jarring thing for both parties here.
The Avs have the best record in the NHL right now with the goalies they have. Fleury might be a flashy name to brag about, but the fact is he is 37 and has poorer statistics this season so far than the two Avs goalies on hand.
I think the Avs will be acquiring a new forward or two within the next four days. But, not a goalie.