The Pittsburgh Penguins have elected to file for salary arbitration with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Arbitration hearings are set by the National Hockey League and take place from July 20 to August 4. Both sides can continue to negotiate a contract until that time. As a result of the filing, the Penguins retain his rights and he will not become a restricted free agent on July 1.
“By filing for salary arbitration it gives us extra time to continue to negotiate a contract with Marc-Andre,” stated Ray Shero. “As a result of the filing, Penguins' fans are assured that Marc-Andre will be under contract to our club for next season. Marc-Andre has done a tremendous job for us. We remain committed to negotiating a contract with him in the near future."
Fleury, 23, helped lead the Penguins to the 2008 Eastern Conference championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. He was originally selected by the Penguins first overall in the 2003 NHL Draft.