QUICK HITS FROM FLEURY
Fleury spoke with the media on Friday afternoon. Here’s the greatest hits from his interview…
- Fleury is the lone Penguins representative at this weekend’s festivities, as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were unable to participate as they are both dealing with lower-body injuries. While Fleury's bummed his teammates won't be here, he understands they need to use this time to recover.
“We talked about it. They wanted to be here. Obviously they’re not healthy enough,” Fleury said. “They need time to heal up. It’s a little disappointing to not have my teammates with me, but I’ll try to make the best out of it.”
- This weekend is an opportunity for NHL players from all 30 teams to set their rivalries aside and enjoy each other’s company. A lot of these guys have played on international teams together or train alongside each other during the summertime, so they like getting a chance to catch up with each other. But there were two players in particular that Fleury wasn’t thrilled about seeing again so soon.
“It’s pretty cool, especially when you get to share little stories about different teams and stuff, but probably not as fun seeing (Jonathan) Toews and (Patrick) Kane,” Fleury joked. “They scored on me in the shootout last game. It’s a little more tough (seeing them). But it’s been good.”
I asked if they had talked any trash to him on the bus ride over to the rink.
“No, not yet. They’re just smiling. That’s even worse, I think,” Fleury laughed.--Sam Kasan
ALL-STAR DRAFT RECAP
That's a wrap on the NHL's All-Star Draft. And it will go down in the books as the best draft of all time. Team Toew's picking Phil Kessel with the No. 1-overall pick with Toews saying, "He's very coachable." Then a shocker when Kessel was traded to Team Foligno for Tyler Seguin. Alex Ovechkin lobbying to be the last pick to win the car and pouting when he went third-to-last. Brent Burns saying he keeps the beard long to "keep my wife at bay."
Marc-Andre Fleury went to Team Foligno with their 9th pick. Drew Doughty made the announcement, saying Fleury played for the "Pittsburgh Pagans." Zeus no doubt was pleased.
Fleury was also quite pleased to join Team Foligno.
"It's good. Either way you would be on a good team," Fleury said. "It definitely will be nice the have the crowd behind us."
Fleury killed time in the back waiting to be drafted by "just sitting at a table and when guys were drafted we switched around so you don't sit by yourself."--Sam Kasan
Marc-Andre Fleury talked to the media at the 2015 All-Star Weekend Media Availability in Columbus. --Michelle Crechiolo
The big board
It's an LED show
Signage from around the rink
Pens banner. Unfortunately Malkin couldn't make the game due to an injury
Media day lineup
Awaiting the man of the hour
Media day festivities
The Wayne said the Mario...
From the 2012 All-Star Game during Drake's appearance
Fleury has arrived. Behind interviewed by fellow netminder Kevin Weekes in front of a couple of Hall of Famers
Snap chattin' away
Fleury signing the goalie blocker
Good old No. 29--Sam Kasan
START THE DAY
Good afternoon hockey fans!! We are in Columbus for the weekend to bring you all the All-Star festivities with Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. He is scheduled to arrive at the hotel around 11am (ish). Then he'll head to the rink for media day and tonight he will get drafted by one of the team --Sam Kasan