Fans already lining up for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford reportedly approached Fleury prior to the March 1 trade deadline and asked if the netminder would waive his NMC in order to potentially be dealt to an unnamed team. Reality, however, may start to climb back in for fans now that the expansion draft is near. The Penguins want to protect Matt Murray, but the decision to expose Fleury was hard because the organization has so much respect for him.

Per Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Fleury had accepted a request all the way back in February to waive his no-movement clause for the expansion draft later this month - but only for Las Vegas.

The Penguins are just days out from winning their second Stanley Cup in a row.

As part of the Expansion Draft rules, teams must protect any player with a no-movement clause.

This is where the situation gets really interesting. Instead, the clause was waived only for the Golden Knights. If the Golden Knights do select Fleury, they will be getting a very solid goaltender who has proven throughout his career that he can backstop a team to success.

The Penguins' franchise leader in goaltender wins (375) and shutouts (44), Fleury has two years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5.75 million per season.

With Vegas needing a capable starting goalie, Fleury has been discussed as a potential option for that role with the Golden Knights.

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