Lack Of Invite To Olympic Camp Demonstrates Plight Of Marc-Andre Fleury

By Randy Holt
Marc-Andre Fleury
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It’s old news now, but in case you haven’t heard, Marc-Andre Fleury was not among the goaltenders invited to Canada’s Olympic Orientation Camp. A Pittsburgh Penguins squad that figures to have plenty of representation at next winter’s Olympic Games in Russia won’t watch their goaltender head over for the games.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Fleury didn’t get the call to at least get a shot at cracking Team Canada’s roster for the tournament. Not only is there a great amount of competition for the spot, a group which includes some new faces, but Fleury simply has fallen off in recent years.

If anything, this lack of an invite just demonstrates the plight of Fleury. With two years remaining on his contract, Fleury could be treading dangerously close to his last one in Pittsburgh. A combination of inconsistency in the regular season, and implosion in the postseason, could prove costly.

It’s the postseason that has largely dictated what we now think of Marc-Andre Fleury. Once looked at as a guy who could potentially reside among the league’s elite, his play has fallen off considerably in the last few seasons, including this past spring, where he lost his starting gig in the playoffs to Tomas Vokoun.

There’s no doubt that Fleury is playing for his job at this point. The fact that he was the subject of so many trade rumors was already an indicator of where he stands with the organization, but the fact that he wasn’t invited to camp with Team Canada really gives an indication with where he stands with the rest of the hockey world.

It’s not good right now for Fleury, and he’ll need a very strong 2013-14 season to turn it around.

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