Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said Thursday he has not asked to be traded and is hopeful he can continue his career long-term with the Pittsburgh Penguins even if it means splitting time with Matt Murray.
"I've always said this is my home," Fleury told the Post-Gazette. "I wish I could play here all my career. I'll try my best to do good for the team, for the organization, and hopefully stick around a long time."
After sustaining a concussion, Fleury was the backup to Murray during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the rookie won 15 games on the way to the championship after playing 13 regular-season games.
It is unclear how the work will be divided this season. Fleury, 32 on Nov. 28, has played at least 62 games in a season seven times, including in 2008-09 when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, and played 58 last season, when he was 35-17-6 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Murray, 22, was 9-2-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .930 save percentage before going 15-6 with a 2.08 GAA and .923 save percentage helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time.
"I'm sure Matty's in the same boat too," Fleury said. "We both like to play games, but if that's what it is, then that's what it is. You've got to deal with it and just try my best when I'm in there."
Fleury has three years remaining on his contract with an NHL salary-cap charge of $5.75 million, according to General Fanager. Murray will make $620,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.
The NHL will hold an expansion draft next offseason to provide players for the new Las Vegas team.
"You never know when that's going to happen, right?" Fleury said. "I've been very fortunate to be here for a long time and, even though I'm still young, still want to be here. It's normal that it happened, and you've just got to be able to deal with it."