Marc-Andre Fleury has had his issues with the mental aspect of his game, however after some bad playoff appearances last year, former general manager Ray Shero was still in full support of keeping him in the net.
The gamble paid off as Fleury played much better during the 2013-14 campaign. Despite not making it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and Ray Shero being fired, Fleury will need to prove himself even more to new general manager Jim Rutherford.
Rutherford will be making many big decisions for the franchise over the summer. Fleury only has one year left on his contract and the Pens new GM had some kind words for his starting netminder.
“The one thing I’ll say about Fleury is this past season was the best season, the most consistent season he’s had over several seasons, probably over three or four seasons. Other than a couple of goals in the Columbus series, I thought his playoff series performance was fine, his regular season was fine and from an ability point of view he’s a very, very good goalie. Going back a couple years, I think the mental part of the game was difficult for him, and certainly it seems that whatever he did in last offseason has strengthened his position, and I see him as a guy that’ll build off of last season and be as good or better next year.”
Rutherford seems to be in full support of Fleury. But for Fleury, the work is just beginning. He has improved his mental game a lot, but focusing on improving it even more would be a great idea for the young man during the offseason.
Fleury went 39-18-5 over the regular season and 7-6-3 during the playoffs.