PITTSBURGH -- Despite widespread speculation to the contrary, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma left little room for interpretation when it comes to whom the team's starting goalie will be when the 2013-14 NHL season begins in October.
"Marc-Andre Fleury is going to go back in net and he's going to take the net and he's going to be the No. 1 goalie and he's going to play great," Bylsma said. "There's no question about that. And he's going to win a lot of hockey games for this team next season and he will have an opportunity in the playoffs again when this team gets there."
Fleury, when healthy, was Pittsburgh's unquestioned starting goalie from early in 2006 until Bylsma elected to start Tomas Vokoun for Game 5 of an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders last month. But Fleury, the No. 1 pick of the 2003 NHL Draft, made just one relief appearance in the Penguins' final 11 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.