Bylsma: Fleury needs to work on his "mental approach"
The Pittsburgh Penguins believe in Marc-Andre Fleury's abilities as an NHL goaltender, but coach Dan Bylsma has acknowledged to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the 28-year old's mental approach could use some work.
We all believe in Marc. The mental part is an aspect for Marc and for our team. We know he's a great goalie. He's got great physical attributes. That's a real strength for him. Marc has shown he can win a lot of hockey games. He can be that goalie. But I think the mental toughness, the mental approach, the mental side of the game is something that needs to be a focus, and not just in April.
The Penguins recently hired Mike Bales as their new goalie coach, who, according to Bylsma, "brings a great blend of the technical and mental sides of being a goaltender."
Fleury posted a record of 23-8-0 in 2013, with a save percentage of .916 and a goals against average of 2.39. His numbers ballooned in the playoffs, causing Bylsma to replace him with Tomas Vokoun.