PITTSBURGH — Ron Hextall has never said that bringing in a new goaltender is a priority for this offseason.
He’s also never said that he would rule out doing it.
It could be that we’re about to find out just how far he’s willing to go to make that happen.
Vegas stunned the hockey world Tuesday when it traded Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago for a minor-league winger who has no particular future in the game. That would be the, uh, fabled Mikael Hakkarainen.
Oh, Vegas also got $7 million in salary-cap space, which the Golden Knights presumably will invest in the free-agent market when it opens Wednesday at noon.
Fleury, who broke into the NHL with the Penguins and won three Stanley Cups here before going to Vegas in the 2017 expansion draft, reportedly was caught completely off-guard by the trade -- never mind that Golden Knights GM Kelly MCCrimmon contends that he informed Fleury of Chicago’s interest in him July 12 -- and is said to be assessing his future, mostly because he’d rather not uproot his family from Nevada.
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