Penguins will not extend Marc-Andre Fleury before the season

Aug 25, 7:04 PM

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury enters the last year of his contract facing an uncertain future, which might not involve Pittsburgh. 

"I'm not in a hurry to do a contract with him," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review Monday.

Since signing a seven-year, $35-million contract in 2008, and winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Fleury faced ample criticism for his inconsistent play in goal. 

However, his save percentage was actually slightly better last season than during Pittsburgh's Cup-winning campaign, as was Fleury's regular season record (39-18).

Agent Alan Walsh said the decision to refrain from an extension is what both sides want with Fleury set to become a free agent next summer.

"We're actually on the same page. It's of no consequence at all," Walsh said.

Although it may seem like Rutherford is ready to let Fleury walk, he also said he is "one of the most talented goalies in the league" and believes he will be around for the long haul.

"From my point of view, he's our goalie. There's no reason why he can't be our goalie for a long time," Rutherford said. "I told him to keep doing this summer whatever he did last summer. He had a really good year."

Rutherford, appointed general manager in June, is certainly looking at the bigger picture, choosing to wait and see what Fleury has left in the tank before the organization makes another long-term commitment.

Oct 21, 5:36 PM

Penguins GM Rutherford on Fleury's future: 'I do want to re-sign him'

Oct 21, 5:36 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is set to become a free agent at season's end, but general manager Jim Rutherford doesn't plan to let him go.

Rutherford told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, "As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie. My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right."

Fleury's seven-year, $35 million contract expires this season and there is no timetable for when both sides will meet to hash out an extension.

"I do want to re-sign him," Rutherford said. "I believe in him."

In all of the Penguins four games this season, Fleury has manned the net for a record of 3-1-0 with a .915 save percentage.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Charles LeClaire

Sep 10, 4:55 PM

Fleury on future in Pittsburgh: 'It’s where I want to win, it’s where I want to play'

Sep 10, 4:55 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury enters the 2014-15 season with one year left on his contract, but made no bones about his desire to remain with the club for the rest of his career in an interview Wednesday. 

"I love the city, I love the team,” Fleury said, as per the team's official website. “It’s where I want to win, it’s where I want to play.”

Fleury, drafted first overall by the Penguins in 2003, has appeared in 531 regular-season and 93 playoff games, helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2009. His game, however, has tailed off in recent years - especially in the postseason - and new general manager Jim Rutherford did not make it a priority to sign the 29-year-old to a contract extension this summer.

For his part, Fleury doesn't appear too concerned about the relatively uncertain nature of his contract status.

“I think for a player it’s always nice to have the certainty of a contract," he said. "You never know what can happen. But at the same time, I’m not too worried. 

"Pittsburgh has been great to me. It’s a great place.”

Fleury continued:

I like everything about the team here. The organization has always treated me very well, given me my chance in the NHL. If I can end my career here, I’ll be very happy about that. Sometimes you wonder what it would be like [to test unrestricted free agency], but at the same time, I’m happy here and I don’t want to go anywhere.

Fleury had 39 wins and posted a .915 save percentage in 64 games last season; repeating that performance, coupled with a strong showing in the playoffs, would likely be enough to entice the club into retaining his services moving forward.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Charles LeClaire