Amidst heavy trade speculation after being replaced by Robin Lehner during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Marc-Andre Fleury still hopes to remain a Vegas Golden Knight.

“I want to stay in Vegas,” Fleury told The Athletic Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ve loved every moment since I got here.”

The veteran goaltender also said he has not and will not ask to be traded, and hopes to finish his career in Vegas.

“This team means a lot to me, and the city has been so good to me,” Fleury said. “The fans, and (owner Bill Foley) have been so awesome. It’s a great team, and I thought when I came here that maybe I could retire here. I wanted to end my career here.”

While it appears Fleury would like to remain in Vegas, management may have to move him. The 35-year-old has two years remaining on his contract, which pays him $7 million per season. With rumours going around that the Golden Knights are looking to sign Lehner to a long-term deal, it seems likely that Fleury would have to be moved in order for the team to remain under the salary cap.

Regardless of what happens, Fleury seems to be handling this with the same class as he did in Pittsburgh when Matt Murray began to replace him. Despite having a bit of an off year, he will still no doubt have teams calling to inquire about him if he is in fact on the trading block.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020  (13H33)