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By all accounts, Marc-Andre Fleury had a pretty fantastic regular season, but a pretty brutal playoff. As we saw in the New York series, Fleury's confidence was rattled, and he had a hard time getting over that. Fans are calling for his head everywhere, deeming him a sieve who can't get anything done...ever. I beg to differ. With a Stanley Cup victory under his belt and a long string of beastly regular seasons, this is not a worthless man...no...I think that Fleury just needs a new home to regain his confidence.

A caveat: Marc-Andre Fleury is not an elite goaltender, and he never has been. What he is: an above average goaltender who has done a helluva job getting the Pittsburgh Penguins a high seed every year. I think that just because of his poor performances in the last two years of playoffs, he may be available for trade. The Oilers might be a good destination for Marc-Andre because he would be a solid option in net, especially considering we don't actually know what DD is worth, and neither does MacT. The point of targeting Marc-Andre in a trade is that the Penguins have a pretty good goaltender in Vokoun for at least another year, and they might not have an issue with not getting a high quality starter back in return for Fleury. I'm basically spitting into the wind here, but I would propose that we move Dubnyk and some combination of picks and maybe Ales Hemsky (He would be a monster in Pittsburgh, IMO).
The risk-reward factor is pretty low, as both teams pretty much know what they're getting: Pittsburgh knows that Hemsky is a highly skilled winger to complement their strong centre depth, and Dubnyk will be a solid back-up to Vokoun if not a starter, and Edmonton knows that Fleury is a goaltender good enough to steal a few games here and there and give them a chance to win every night. He might even be decent in the playoffs, too, as long as my thoughts on him needing a change are even reasonably true.

The answer to the question, at least for me, is pretty simple. Given the circumstances surrounding Fleury, he ought to at least be on the Oilers' radar, if not on their short-list of trade targets at the draft and on 5 July. He'd basically be a great guy to have in net for the Oil to solidly win games, and the price may be workable because of his obviously shaken confidence in Pittsburgh.

Here are some incredible saves so that you'll want to trade for this guy as much as I do.


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