The Vegas Golden Knights announced that they have signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a very bad contract extension. The terms: Three years, $21 million, and it’ll kick in after next year and run through the 2021–22 season. Fleury looks pretty thrilled about it, and why wouldn’t he be? Look, we all love Marc-Andre Fleury. If I had $21 million I would pay him to be my friend. And he did play out of his mind last season and through three rounds of the playoffs, carrying the expansion Golden Knights all the way to the finals. But this is a tough one to figure. The Golden Knights are shelling out an entire year earlier than they have to—which means they weren’t bidding against anyone—and don’t appear to have gotten a discount. They’re also paying based on the best year of Fleury’s career. A $7 million AAV is market rate for a guy who plays like that every season, and the odds are very, very good that Fleury never does it again. Let alone when he’s 37 years old and still on this contract. This is, in fact, the fattest, richest per-year contract of Fleury’s life. I can think of some reasons… Read full this story
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