Fleury set for NHL debut in Pittsburgh
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Head coach Ed Olczyk, making his own NHL debut behind the bench tonight, then made the announcement Thursday that Fleury would indeed start the opener.
"For sure, I want to [play]," said Fleury. "It's a dream to be playing in the NHL. I will realize that [tonight]. I didn't know what to expect. Even if I would have been here the whole week, I wouldn't have expected to be playing, but I'm really happy that I will be. I felt better today than yesterday, and I think [tonight] should be better again."
There is some concern that Fleury will have some rust to shake off, because before Thursday he hadn't practiced in roughly a week. He returned to Canada at the end of contract negotiations and immigration issues kept him there temporarily.
Lemieux, who decided to return rather than retire, is the obvious catalyst of the Pens' offense. He managed to play in 67 games last season -- after missing most of the previous one -- and led the team with 28 goals and 63 assists. However, having a 91-point scorer the caliber of Lemieux didn't spark Pittsburgh enough to make a difference, as the team placed 26th in the NHL with 189 goals scored. In all, the
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