Marc-André Fleury could have said no. Many of the teams looking for a goalie at the trade deadline were likely contenders. There’s almost no question any team he would have been traded to is projected to be more competitive over the next two years than the Vegas Golden Knights.
And he chose to stay.
Flower gave up playing the rest of his career with a contending team for one last run with the Penguins. There was no guarantee he’d get to play in the playoffs at all. Even so, he chose to stay with his friends for as long as possible.
I hope he enjoyed every second of it.