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Don't underestimate Fleury, he's been here before

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If the Minnesota Wild are considering turning to Cam Talbot after Marc-Andre Fleury's struggles in net against the St Louis Blues in Game 1, they should remember how Fleury dragged the Golden Knights to a Stanley Cup final after losing his place to Matt Murray when the Penguins were champions the year before.

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JULIAN MCKENZIE: The Minnesota Wild, they got walloped in that first game against the St. Louis Blues. Maybe they should just use Cam Talbot for the rest of their playoff series.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: Overreaction.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: OK.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: I mean, I didn't-- I didn't watch any of the game, to be perfectly honest.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: I did.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: But Marc-Andre Fleury is-- he's about this playoff life. He has his ups and downs. But if someone's going to be like that dynamic force that changes what might be the sort of fate that isn't going the way that Minnesota wants it to go, if St. Louis is the better team, who's going to step in and maybe reverse that trend? I think Marc-Andre Fleury has that ability, where Cam Talbot has been really solid behind a really good structured team all year. But which can be better than average or better than the other when push comes to shove, I think it can be Fleury, even if night one didn't go particularly well for him.

SAM CHANG: I think it's over-- it's an overreaction after night one. I'm with Kati-- You never really count out flurry after the first game. But it depends if it's-- which version of Marc-Andre Fleury in the playoffs are you getting? Are you getting the guy who lost his job to Tristan Jerry? Or-- sorry, to Matt Murray? Or are you getting the guy who dragged the Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season?

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JULIAN MCKENZIE: But there were good guys.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: He is very much a goaltender where you have to-- it's like the stock market, maybe, where you have to like, read when it's going to fall off the cliff or when it's about to spike or whatever. He's the type of guy that just like, really trends up and down. And you can catch a wave with him. Or you can put all your eggs in one basket, and it can burn you. So maybe this is that situation. But I think that spike could be around the corner.

- Yeah. See, OK. Here's another example of why Sam is 100%-- 100% accurate. That should be on the shirt. Because literally like, OK. It is not talked about enough how Marc-Andre Fleury ruined the Winnipeg Jets. The Winnipeg Jets were-- were literally, like, destined to make the Stanley Cup Final that year. Everyone was following them.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: Oh, yeah.

- And then one Marc-Andre Fleury said, you will not score. You will not pass. And they lost. And everyone was shocked. And literally, Marc-Andre Fleury willed that team.

So to Sam and Justin's point, it just comes down on, do we believe that Fleury has it in him to do that again in the playoffs? Or do you kind of read the tea leaves and maybe switch up a little bit? I agree with everyone else. I do think it's a little overreaction just because we have seen Fleury have that ability to literally shut things down and give his all-- give his team a chance to score.

And Minnesota has the offensive threats to do so. Yeah. So after game one, I think it's way too early to write it off. And if I'm Minnesota, I'm banking on that Fleury coming out at some point. And then maybe that is what can actually send you to a deep playoff run. Who knows?

JULIAN MCKENZIE: You know, it's crazy, too. The Winnipeg Jets not in the playoffs. A lot of questions to be asked about their core and everything else going forward, from coaching on down. That series, that time against the Vegas Golden Knights, that's the best they had ever looked in the last how many years.

And I really thought that they were going to go far. And they have not been able to replicate that ever since.

- No.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Omar has a point. Marc-Andre Fleury ruined the Winnipeg Jets.

- Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: We don't talk about that enough. And I'm very glad you brought that up on Zoom Time.

- Yeah. Yeah. It's wild, man. And again, like seeing like what the Jets were before and then what they are now and hearing all like, the post-season quotes and stuff, and all the other stuff and all these changes.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: Paul Maurice knew.

- Paul Maurice.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Yeah. I'm with Cuthbert, too. Paul Maurice knew something was up.

- Paul Maurice knew.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: You can't tell me that man said, you know what? Like, I really want to just be alone fishing for the next how many months. He knew he couldn't get anything out of that core. He did everything he could.

- Mm-hmm.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Something was up with that. Something was up with that team. He knew, and he said, I need to get the hell out of here. Something is up with that team.

SAM CHANG: You know who else knew? Dustin Byfuglien.

- Yeah.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: I was about to say--

- Dustin Byfuglien knew too. Oh, yeah! 100%.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Something was up with that team. There's something up with that Winnipeg Jets team, man. I used to be big believers in them. Something up.

- Yeah. Yeah.

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: Something smells.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Doing this-- something smells. And for people-- our audio listeners-- we're doing a stank face because something stanky-- Just ain't good. Mm-mm.

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