Today was a big day in the world of Marc-Andre Fleury rumors, as the Penguins officially asked the back-up goalie to waive his No Movement Clause (NMC) to allow Pittsburgh to expose him for the Expansion Draft.
Marc-André Fleury accepted the Penguins request in February to waive his no move clause for the expansion draft. Only for Las Vegas.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 12, 2017
But before we go into the significance of that news, let’s go all the way back to October when the Penguins signed Matt Murray to a contract extension. At that point, it was clear one of two things were going to happen (whether at that moment or later), either the Penguins knew Fleury was going to waive his NMC, or the Penguins were planning on giving up assets to the Golden Knights in exchange for passing on Murray in the Expansion Draft. We now know, the more likely of the two has happened. Fleury has waived his NMC and the Penguins will protect Murray.
So now on to the next portion, “only for Las Vegas.” Here are the important facts surrounding Marc-Andre Fleury, his contract, and the Expansion Draft.
- Today, June 12th, was the last day “for Clubs to request that a player ‘waive’ his ‘No Move’ clause for purposes of Expansion Draft.” (From NHL press release)
- Fleury has two clauses on his contract, a “No Move” clause and a “Limited No Trade” clause. These are part of the contract he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in November of 2014.
- Players with NMCs must be protected in the Expansion Draft, unless the player agrees to waive it.
- All contracts will be taken over, with clauses, when the Golden Knights select a player in the Expansion Draft.
- Fluery’s limited NTC includes a list of 18 teams in which he can be traded to. The remaining 11 he must sign off on if a deal is made. We are unaware of which teams are on this list.
So, today, Fluery waived his NMC, for one purpose, the Expansion Draft. Once he is selected by the Golden Knights (or not selected by the Golden Knights) his NMC will be reinstated. His limited NTC does not affect the Expansion Draft, and will stand whether he is on the Golden Knights or the Penguins on/during the Expansion Draft.
This does mean Vegas will likely select Fleury as their pick from Pittsburgh in the Expansion Draft. But it does NOT mean he cannot be moved to another team by George McPhee and the Golden Knights.
Despite what has been reported, there are now three outcomes that can come from the Expansion Draft involving Fleury.
- The Golden Knights select someone else from Pittsburgh.
- The Golden Knights select him and keep him.
- The Golden Knights select him, and trade him to one of the 18 available teams on his NTC, or get his approval to trade him to one of the remaining 11.
In every outcome, Fleury will have an NMC and a limited NTC with his new team.
In conclusion, the news today does indeed clear the way for the Golden Knights to select the Stanley Cup winning goalie. However, it does not mean he will be the starting goalie for the Golden Knights. He could, but it’s not necessarily done, and won’t be until June 21st.
I know, I’m with you, I want things to be done too, but in the case of Marc-Andre Fleury, it’s closer than it was yesterday, but it’s still not done.