NHL Rumors: Marc-Andre Fleury to the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have serious interest in signing free-agent netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. General manager Kyle Dubas went hard after Fleury during last season and was down to the bitter end of trade negotiations with the Blackhawks, before the rug was pulled from under his feet. 

Dubas and the Maple Leafs appear to be moving on from last season's starter Jack Campbell as the two sides can't seem to get on the same page when it comes to both term and annual salary. The goalie market is a hot one this summer so it makes sense for Campbell to test the market with a number of teams looking for starting goalies. 'Soup' is expected to receive a multi-year deal north of $5 million per season, a figure the Maple Leafs apparently aren't all that interested in offering.

Fleury makes a ton of sense for Toronto as he's a veteran with a winning pedigree. The team is in win-now mode with the window for a Stanley Cup getting smaller and smaller with every year passing in Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner's contracts. Without some serious success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's not likely Matthews sticks around after his deal is complete. Dubas on the other hand is under contract for just next season and is working for a job as upper management doesn't appear to be in a rush to offer an extension to the young executive. 

Fleury spent last season with the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. With the financial issues in Minny, re-signing with the Wild doesn't appear to be in the cards. If the Maple Leafs can't convince the Flower to blossom up north, look for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche to have serious interest in the future hall of famer.

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