The Chicago Blackhawks have traded goaltender Marc-André Fleury to the Minnesota Wild on Monday for a conditional first-round pick.
The Hawks will receive a second-round pick that could become a first-rounder if the Wild reach the Western Conference Finals
and if Fleury is credited with four or more wins in the first two rounds. If neither happens, the Wild will transfer their own second-round pick in the 2022 draft.
“This trade immediately puts us in a better position at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, giving us a pick that will land early in the draft,” Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson said in a statement.
“In a short time with the Blackhawks, Marc-Andre made quite an impression on our fanbase and in our locker room.
We appreciate his willingness to work with us on finding a deal that worked for everyone
The Hawks faced a conundrum with Fleury. Despite having arrived in February via a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights, he was beloved in the locker room, and the 37-year-old veteran just as quickly adopted Chicago as home
He expressed a desire to play one more season with the Hawks before considering retirement