pronovost19 wrote:In a sound structured defense Fleury is very good. He was hung out to dry in the Isles series. Still a ton of hockey in Fleury. Personally, I think he deserves a chance to regain his form and with Vokoun here it makes it easier. But, I understand the sentiments.
These are my thoughts as well. Fleury's been a guy that gets way too much blame for the team's bad performances since '09. Funny thing is he really doesn't get the credit he deserves for the good performances. He's looked overmatched in the playoffs the last 2 years, but the team in front of him did too. When he's playing behind a non-idiotic defensive structure (which he did most of the regular season this year), he is a top 10 goaltender.
I do, however, think he's done here...and for me it's a real shame. I think he's a guy that needs support to be exceptional (i.e. 90% of NHL goalies), and he's never going to get that support in a Pen's uniform. If Bylsma's system (and the joke of a GT coach) are gone next year and replaced with a more defensive minded/counterstrike mentality, then I think Fleury has more value staying with the Pens for at least another year to see how he responds than he does being traded/bought out. I don't, however, think that Shero and Mario have the desire to bring in a defensive-minded coach to handle their two generational offensive talents. They just don't seem to think that way.
I also think the Marc-Andre may be calling Shero this morning to request
a buyout/trade. Again, he seems to be the one player singled out for their past failures. We lost again...in maybe the most embarrassing way I've ever seen...and MAF was on the bench for all but 2 periods...and there are still people that assess him some of the blame. I'd want a fresh start somewhere else too.