If the Vegas Golden Knights were to uncover a franchise face among 30 other teams, the obvious choice was Marc-Andre Fleury.
Toward the end of the NHL’s awards show and expansion draft Wednesday, it was the now-former Penguins goaltender who drew the largest ovation from the crowd at T Mobile Arena when his name was announced as Vegas’ 29th pick of the evening.
Indeed, Fleury, long beloved by fans in Pittsburgh, instantly becomes the Knights’ most marketable player as the franchise set out to fill seats in a brand new market.
That much was evident by the reception.
One fan screamed, I love you! Fleury, doing an interview, stopped mid-sentence and responded, I love you too!
I’m not looking to be the face of much, he told reporters after the fanfare settled. I didn’t expect the ovation. It was so crazy. We’re really excited to get this started.
Kariya appeared in a promotional video for the Ducks last season. He said Monday the headaches stopped a year after his playing career ended, adding, I feel really good. These days he surfs three to four days a week and enjoys skiing and snowboarding in the winter months.
This is fine for Gaudreau.
After rocky negotiations with the Canadiens, Radulov became enchanted with the Stars, in part by their substantial contract commitment and in part by the roster they’ve been improving before his signing.
Instead, the uncertainty surrounding Crosby, named a Hart Trophy finalist earlier Monday, only adds to injury woes that the Penguins have managed thus far.
The Capitals were 1-5 all time while trailing 2-0 in a playoff series before Monday and improved to 9-19 in Pittsburgh during the playoffs.