Saturday, June 8, 2013

Marc-Andre Fleury: A Broken Goalie

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been swept out of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Bruins and many questions will surround the team this offseason as a result of their disappointing playoff finish. Will Dan Bylsma be back to coach the Penguins next season? Will Jarome Iginla return? What has happened to Marc-Andre Fleury and what do they do with him?

That last question might be the biggest question this summer as Fleury faltered in the playoffs once again and has looked like a broken goalie sitting on the bench for a majority of the postseason. Once pegged as the next great Canadian goalie and the guy many thought would be battling Carey Price for the #1 job in Sochi next winter, the former number one overall pick has become an expensive benchwarmer. Now 28 years old, Fleury has dwindled in the spring the last 2 years when most flowers are supposed to be blooming.

Fleury put up respectable numbers this regular season with a 2.39 goals against average and .916 save percentage and in recent years has proven to be a decent regular season goalie for the Penguins. Even though he does have a Stanley Cup on his resume from 2009, Fleury has also proven to be a struggling goalie in the postseason for most of his career.

Let's take a look at the last 10 Cup-winning goalie stats:
Fleury ranks 2nd last in goals against and dead last in save percentage of the last 10-Cup winning goalies. Those numbers stack up similarly to goaltenders with 14 or more playoff wins dating back to 1993. Fleury has always been one of the most athletic goalies in the NHL and sometimes it seems to get in him trouble with him sprawling all over the place and having strange goals sneak by him. This is a problem in the playoffs for him as he's struggled in 5 of the past 7 postseasons with a 3.26 GAA and .880 SV% in those years. Just looking at his playoff stats, that 2008 playoff run where the Penguins fell short to the Red Wings appears to be an anomaly. He might just be the worst playoff goalie to win the Stanley Cup.

Goalie StatsScoring Stats
SeasonAgeTmLgGPWLT/OGASASVSV%GAASOMINGAPTSPIM
2006-0722PITNHL514018150132.8803.7602870000
2007-0823PITNHL20146041610569.9331.97312510002
2008-0924PITNHLSC24168063686623.9082.61014470002
2009-1025PITNHL1376037339302.8912.7817980002
2010-1126PITNHL73417168151.8992.5214050000
2011-1227PITNHL62426157131.8344.6303370110
2012-1328PITNHL522017145128.8833.5212900110
CareerNHL1804534021922552036.9032.73648150226

It's going to be pretty interesting how things turn out for Fleury this offseason with 2 more years left on his contract and a cap hit of $5M/year. Does he get traded? Does he get bought out? Do the Penguins give him another shot?

4 comments:

  1. If he is bought out do the Leafs go after him?

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  2. He won't be bought out. Who the hell are they going to sign to play goal? Vokoun is old as fuck and Marc-Andre is still a top 20 goalie in the league. Problem with the PENS is their defence is weak and their forwards is full of floaters.

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    1. Agreed
      He has been brutal in the playoffs but the Penguins don't have anyone else to really go after.

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  3. I said it all along that Fleury is overrated and thanks for showing those stats that back it up.
    Some of the worst Cup winning goalie stats ever.

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