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01-18-2013, 08:13 PM
What the Faulk
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Honestly, I don't think the Penguins were ever worried about not getting Fleury that year. Florida had Luongo, Carolina had Ward, Pittsburgh picked 3. After that, Columbus had Pascal Leclaire (8th overall 2001), Buffalo had an emerging Ryan Miller, San Jose had Evgeny Nabokov, Nashville had Thomas Vokoun, and Atlanta had just taken Kari Lehtonen at #2 the previous year. The first team with a real need for a goaltender was Calgary (they got Kiprusoff later the next year), and IIRC they were never really considering trading up that far. So Pittsburgh threw a little something Florida's way just to make sure that they got their guy. Florida was never in a position of strength regarding Fleury.

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