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Marc-Andre Fleury is prepared for roughly all Pittsburgh and a Penguins can chuck during him over a subsequent integrate of days. That includes a Stanley Cup championship ring Mario Lemieux will benefaction to him, sauce in a visitors locker room during PPG Paints Arena for a initial time, and a vagrant to stay from a 4-year-old eldest daughter who Fleury pronounced “misses her friends behind home.”
“All a good memories, a lot of feelings,” Fleury pronounced of what he expects from a impulse a Vegas Golden Knights’ licence moody lands to a notation it leaves Pittsburgh.
The Golden Knights face a Penguins in a probable Stanley Cup Final preview Tuesday night. Tickets on a delegate marketplace were being labelled during adult to $700 per seat.
As many as possible, Fleury has prepared himself for a romantic belt of a feelings from personification opposite a Penguins in Pittsburgh for a initial time — solely for one in particular.
Fleury overwhelmed on that sold and other homecoming-related matters this past Friday in an disdainful speak with a Tribune-Review:
Q: So your wife, dual daughters, relatives and sister will accommodate adult with we in Pittsburgh. And you’ll get a ring from Mario after a morning movement on Tuesday. Just a normal stop on a prolonged highway trip, huh?
A: (Laughing) Yeah. Right. we consider a day before, a day of — all — is going to be weird, awkward.
Q: Be honest. Are we looking brazen to this?
A: Uh… yeah.
I’m a small disturbed about my game. But I’m looking brazen to saying my friends, to saying people around a rink, to only entrance behind to town.
Q: You’re unequivocally disturbed about your diversion for Tuesday night?
A: Yeah, given for a dual days we consider I’ll be unequivocally busy. we consider emotionally, only entrance behind on a other side, we consider it’ll be weird.
Q: How will we try gripping a concentration on hockey? (Full disclosure: nobody else around here seems to be meditative of this as a hockey game; seems like they wish to cuddle we a lot.)
A: Oh, that’s nice.
I’ve never had to play a diversion like this. we theory we did when Pittsburgh was in Vegas, though it was opposite given it wasn’t in Pittsburgh, we know?
we wish to let it penetrate in a bit. we wish to let it penetrate in — a moment, all that will be function there. we don’t know. we theory we won’t know until after a diversion how we did.
You know what we always told we about large games: try to breathe, relax and stop a puck. But I’ve never been in a diversion like this one. It’s a lot of emotions.
Q: Will we do cooking on Monday night with any of your former Penguins teammates?
A: No. No skeleton for a dinner.
Q: What about Matt Murray? we assume we reached out to him when his father died?
A: we only sent him a discerning text. For sure, we was meditative of him. But we wish to let him have space, we know?
Q: There is no way, not even in your wildest dreams, we suspicion we would come behind to Pittsburgh to play a Penguins with a Vegas Golden Knights bar that is a contender for a Stanley Cup.
A: we don’t consider myself and not many people saw this coming. It’s a surprise, though it’s a fun surprise, we know? Right from a start, we’ve been removing points. It’s fun to be winning diversion and carrying a possibility any night. I’m not used to only personification and throwing a deteriorate divided given you’re out of a playoffs in December. This is fun.
Q: It’s been fun to watch from afar. But are a Golden Knights for real, Marc? If anybody in that classification knows what a genuine contender is like, it’s you. Is this for genuine with Vegas?
A: Umm, we still feel it’s a immature organisation — maybe given I’m old. Hockey-wise, there still is not that many knowledge on a team. A lot of guys have played, though not many have played many games or a lot of minutes. And now everybody has a bigger purpose on this team.
But we’ve responded good this season. We’ve found ways to win games opposite ways. The certainty as a organisation is growing. we consider that’s a certain thing for down a stretch.
Q: OK. But can Vegas make a run during a Cup, Marc?
A: we consider a coherence a guys uncover with their work ethic — we don’t have any superstars and we all need to assistance any other to win games. we consider that’s a biggest peculiarity as a team. We play as a team. Everybody chips in. That’s a approach for success. we consider we can go a prolonged approach when everybody contributes.
Q: Do we have a pool during your residence in Vegas?
A: (Laughs) Why do we ask, Rob?
Q: Well, if a Golden Knights win a Stanley Cup, a lot of people in a classification are substantially going to spin to we and ask how to celebrate. Is your pool large adequate for a Cup party?
A: If we need to, we can get a residence prepared for a party. And a pool is large adequate to fit a Cup.
Q: Aside from a fans, what do we many skip about vital in Pittsburgh during an NHL season?
A: we do skip a seasons, actually. we always favourite all of a leaves and a sleet and cold. Obviously, it’s a small bit opposite in Vegas.
we consider it was only so gentle in Pittsburgh, from my kids’ schools to where to go for cooking to all a people I’d see off a ice, a fans I’d run into. It was only a life we unequivocally got used to, and we unequivocally enjoyed it there.
Q: The Penguins became such a high-profile team. There was always a lot of vigour on we and Sidney and Evgeni and Kris (Letang). How is a courtesy — from fans, from media — opposite in Vegas?
A: we consider it’s growing, like, with a success we’ve been having. It’s a decent volume of media. And some-more and more, we see people around Vegas wearing t-shirts and hats. I’ve started to hear a lot some-more people speak about a team, too, given it’s their initial veteran organisation and it’s winning, too. The courtesy is growing.
Q: With Vegas where it is in a Western Conference standings, are we holding a demeanour during where a Penguins are in a East?
A: we still look. I’m a fan of a team. I’ll always caring for a Penguins.
Q: Yeah, though a Penguins are starting to get hot. This is a different-looking Penguins patrol than a one that visited Vegas a integrate of months ago. You have to know that a integrate of your best friends (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) have been on a tear, right?
A: (Laugh) Yeah, for sure. Great.
You know, we wasn’t too disturbed about them and their — what did people call it? — delayed start. They’ve played a lot of suggestive games. In a commencement of a year, we don’t have your behind opposite a wall for a lot of games. They’ve been there. They know how to be there and be a good team.
Obviously, they’ve talented. They have Sid and Geno, so many good players who can measure a lot of goals. It’ll be an engaging game.
Q: Sidney and Evgeni, all of a Penguins, will be confronting a goalie who can stop shots, too. Your statistics are implausible this season. How do we consider your diversion right now?
A: we feel flattering good. Some nights are improved than others, though we know how that goes. Winning games is fun. It helps we feel good.
My teammates are operative so tough defensively and offensively to assistance me out. You get those wins. we like wins some-more than my possess numbers. But my teammates are a large reason because I’m there with those numbers.
It’s like we used to speak about in Pittsburgh, Rob: a series we like is for wins.
Q: When we were with a Penguins and witnessed a former teammate get a video treatment, what do we remember about those moments?
A: we always watched those videos. Always.
Q: So when we see yours, what are we awaiting to be on your mind?
A: Good memories.
we was there for so long. You knew me when we started; we was only a kid, not meaningful what was going on. we met a lot of good people, a lot of good friends, a lot of good teammates. we had some tough times. we had some good times.
There was a lot that happened. There will be a lot to consider of when we watch.
Q: What will be bizarre for those of us who lonesome we is saying we step onto a other side of a ice before a game. How disturbed should we be that aged habits will flog in and you’ll join a Penguins for a warm-up skate?
A: You know, I’ve been meditative about that, too. we need to be, like, “Go a other way.” Going on a left side of a ice will be weird. Even removing dressed in a other locker room. I’ve finished interviews in that room for TV, though never dressed in it for a diversion — not even a (training camp) practice.
Q: Between a warm-up and a video, there will be that impulse when Ryan Mill announces we as a starting goalie for a visiting team. And there will substantially be a sellout throng chanting your final name only like aged times. How many have we suspicion about that expected moment?
A: Uh… we wish they will. Do we consider they will?
Q: Marc, c’mon. It’s going to be a initial time a other team’s goalie gets his name chanted during a start of a diversion in Pittsburgh. You can’t be disturbed they won’t hearten for you?
A: Yeah, we theory I’ll only be station there watchful to hear. It could be awkward, we guess. (Laughs.)
Q: About a year ago this time, we sensitive a Penguins we would change your agreement to concede them to trade we to Vegas. With all that has happened given a moment, how do we make clarity of a final year of your life?
A: Wow, that’s a good question.
In a time of it, creation a right preference was tough. All we knew was Pittsburgh, we know. we desired a guys, desired a team, desired a city. It was tough to know where we could find something identical somewhere else.
But to me, when that day happened and they asked me to do it, we know we could assistance a organisation and suffer a good playoff run again with them. we knew we had a good chance. And, we know, we looked like a genius; we won a Cup.
Uh… it was all value it, we think. It all worked out good. we found a good organization. we adore these players. And, obviously, we’re winning some-more than anybody suspicion we would.
It’s awesome. My family is happy. I’m playing. We’re winning. we can’t complain.
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