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Wild re-sign goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. He might end his career here.

This has been a top priority for Wild general manager Bill Guerin since the end of last season.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
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Marc-Andre Fleury is staying with the Minnesota Wild. Maybe for the rest of his legendary career.

Minutes before the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal began, the Wild announced that they have signed Fleury to a 2-year, $7 million contract. That will keep the future Hall of Fame goaltender in the Twin Cities through the 2023-24 season.

This has been a top priority for Wild general manager Bill Guerin since the end of last season.

After the Wild fell to the St. Louis Blues in the first round this past spring, Guerin made it very clear that he had every intention on trying to re-sign Fleury this offseason.

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Now with Fleury under contract, and Cam Talbot also still on the roster, the Wild boast arguably the best goaltender tandem in the league. That combo of Fleury and Talbot should serve as a bridge for the Wild while top prospect Jesper Wallstedt continues to develop in the minors.

As for Fleury, this move has been in the works since the Wild acquired Fleury from the Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Not long after the Wild pulled off the blockbuster deal, Guerin started to drop hints that he’d like Fleury to stick around.

In a total of 11 games with the Wild to close out the regular season, Fleury had a 9-2-0 record, a 2.74 goals against average, and a .910 save percentage. He then went 2-3-0 in the playoffs with a 3.04 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.

As he enters the twilight of his career, it’s clear Fleury wants to win another Stanley Cup. He hoisted the hardware in 2009 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, then helped them go back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. He has made the playoffs in 16 consecutive seasons, the most in NHL history by a goaltender.

In the aftermath of Fleury’s new contract, the Wild have roughly $1.4 million in cap space to work with heading into free agency. Though they likely need to add a couple of players up front next week, they clearly feel like they are set between the pipes.

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