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Training Camp Outlook: Flower Power

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Read the following sentence carefully a few times, allow the words to sink in and then think just how remarkable they are.

Penguins No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury enters the 2010-11 season at just 25 years old.

Now that you have read and re-read that several times, let me tell you the above statement is not a misprint.

Fleury, who already owns one Stanley Cup ring, an Olympic gold medal, three 35-plus win seasons and two Cup Final runs on his resume, is JUST 25 YEARS OLD. In fact, among the 35 netminders expected to at least share their team’s respective goaltending chores this season, Fleury is still the eighth-youngest.

Which places everything he has accomplished thus far in his career into the proper context, and helps explain why the Penguins are so fortunate to have him as their No. 1 goaltender.

Fleury might not have posted the numbers we have grown accustomed to seeing from him in ’09-10, but none of his teammates or coaches doubt that the man they call ‘Flower’ is going to respond with a strong campaign this season.

Look for Fleury’s numbers to be among the best of his career as he strives to backstop the Penguins back to the top of the throne.

“I think consistency is a big part of the game now,” Fleury said. “I felt there were too many times last year when I wasn’t able to put enough consistent games in a row together. That’s something I want to change heading into this year.”

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