Fleury: Waiving no-movement clause was 'right thing to help the team'

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Marc-Andre Fleury is a team player in every sense of the term.

On Monday, reports surfaced that Fleury agreed to waive his no-movement clause back in February, which will allow the Pittsburgh Penguins to protect Matt Murray in the expansion draft. It's a bold move for Fleury, but, as he explains, it was the right thing to do for the team.

"The team came forward to me and asked ... it gave them more (flexibility) for the future, for the summer, so they weren't scrambling to trade me," he said, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I thought it was the right thing to help the team, to stay with the team and finish the season here and have a chance to play for the Cup again."

That strategy certainly paid off for Fleury, as four months later he won his third career Stanley Cup, winning nine games en route.

With the business side of things in the rear-view mirror, the wait is now on to see where exactly Fleury ends up. While he could be in line to be selected by the Golden Knights, common wisdom would suggest the Penguins will do their best to trade him so they can recoup assets instead of losing him for nothing.

"I've heard my name out there, a lot," Fleury said. "But I don't know. I guess we'll find out soon."

Wherever he ends up, he's simply hoping he can start - an opportunity that was largely lost after Murray stole his job during last year's Cup run.

"I still love the game," he said. "I still love to play. Hopefully, if I can still do that ... it will be appreciated."