Reports: Marc-Andre Fleury tells Blackhawks he will join the team next season

Chicago acquired the 36-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights in a trade on Tuesday, but he reportedly was concerned about uprooting his family and was considering retirement instead of playing out the final season of his contract.

The veteran goaltender has informed the Chicago Blackhawks that he will play in 2021-22, multiple outlets reported Sunday.

The Blackhawks tweeted a flower emoji on Sunday morning, apparently confirming the reports. Fleury’s nickname is “Flower.” His agent, Allen Walsh acknowledged as well.

Marc-Andre Fleury will join the Blackhawks

Fleury won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2020-21 and was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is due to earn $7 million in 2021-22.

Fleury went 26-10-0 with six shutouts to go along with a 1.98 goals-against average and a career-high .928 save percentage in 36 games this past season.

Fleury has posted a 492-276-2-80 record with 67 shutouts, a 2.55 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 883 career games. His win total ranks third all time, trailing only Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551).

UPDATE: Fleury says he’s in.

–Field Level Media