Marc-Andre Fleury chooses to stay with the Minnesota Wild

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May 4, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) tosses a puck to the fans after the game against the St. Louis Blues in game two of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild have announced the signing of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year extension worth $7 million. His AAV is $3.5 million until 2023-24.

Fleury, 37, posted a record of 28-23-5 with a 2.90 GAA, and a .908 SV% along with four shutouts last season between the Chicago Blackhawks and Wild.

Minnesota acquired Fleury at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 21 for a conditional second round pick. In April, he told reporters that he wanted to continue playing beyond this past season.

“I would like to play at least another season,” he said. “I decided that recently. I still enjoy playing. I still have fun, my body is still holding up, most of the time. But yes, another season and we’ll see after.”

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Mar 21, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) congratulates goaltender Cam Talbot (33) after the game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Per CapFriendly, the Minnesota Wild now have $1.4 million in cap space with 20 players under contract after the signing.

Fleury was a star for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won three Stanley Cup Championships during his 13 year tenure. He then moved on to the Vegas Golden Knights as their expansion draft selection in 2017, where he was the face of the franchise for four seasons. That particular run also included reaching the Stanley Cup Final in the team’s inaugural season falling to the Washington Capitals. Finally, he was traded unceremoniously to the Chicago Blackhawks before being acquired by the Wild.

For his career, Fleury has a record of 520-299-87 with a GAA of 2.57 and a .913 SV%. He won his first ever Vezina Trophy at 36 years of age in 2020-21.

GM Bill Guerin wanted to bring Fleury back with Cam Talbot and got it done.