Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has waived his no-movement clause for the upcoming expansion draft, multiple outlets reported Monday.
Each team has to expose one goaltender to the Vegas Golden Knights, with the Penguins electing to protect the 23-year-old Matt Murray.
Fleury’s no-movement clause allows him to be traded to 18 teams. Should Pittsburgh trade the 32-year-old Fleury to another club, it would have to make another goaltender available in the expansion draft.
In perhaps a sign of the times, Fleury handed the Stanley Cup to Murray on Sunday after Pittsburgh captured its second straight title and fifth in franchise history.
Fleury stepped up with Murray injured in warmups before Game 1 of the first-round series versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Fleury posted a 9-6 mark with a 2.56 goals-against average in the playoffs, highlighted by a 29-save performance as Pittsburgh posted a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the second round.
Fleury struggled in the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators, allowing coach Mike Sullivan to go back to Murray. The younger netminder didn’t falter and led Pittsburgh past the Nashville Predators in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Penguins’ franchise leader in goaltender wins (375) and shutouts (44), Fleury has two years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5.75 million per season.
Fleury joined the Penguins as the first overall draft pick of the 2003 NHL draft and owns a career 375-216-2-66 record with the team.