|Penguins offer salary arbitration to goalie Fleury|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 13 June 2008 10:30|
The filing on Friday allows the Penguins to retain Fleury's rights to negotiate a multiyear contract in advance of arbitration hearings, which are scheduled from July 20 until Aug. 4. A hearing won't be held if a contract is worked out before then.
If Fleury had become a restricted free agent, an opposing club potentially could have offered the former No. 1 draft pick such a lucrative contract the Penguins might not have been able to match it because of salary-cap restrictions.
``By filing for salary arbitration, it gives us extra time to continue to negotiate a contract with Marc-Andre,'' general manager Ray Shero said. ``As a result of the filing, Penguins fans are assured that Marc-Andre will be under contract to our club for next season. Marc-Andre has done a tremendous job for us. We remain committed to negotiating a contract with him in the near future.''
The 23-year-old Fleury helped lead the Penguins to the 2008 Eastern Conference championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup finals against Detroit. Fleury was 14-6 with a 1.97 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and three shutouts during the playoffs.