Penguins goalie earning praise

Marc-Andre Fleury is 2-0-1 and has the lowest goals-against average of the six goalies in Penguins' camp.

Updated: September 16, 2003, 12:19 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Next to LeBron James, he's the second-most watched 18-year-old pro sportsman in the Rust Belt. There's one major exception with Marc-Andre Fleury, however. The Penguins goaltender isn't guaranteed to make millions this season, and he might not even get a contract this year.

Minus the hype and the abundance of endorsements that have been pouring in for James, Fleury's performance at Penguins training camp has been watched almost as closely in Pittsburgh as James' every move has in Cleveland. At least Fleury's move to win an NHL job has been smoother than James' attempted pickup of Ashanti at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Unlike his NBA counterpart with the Cavaliers, the top pick in this year's NHL draft has no guarantees at his first Penguins camp. First Fleury has to outperform five other Penguins goalies, then the Penguins and Fleury's agent would need to agree on a contract before Sept. 28 or else the young netminder will have to be returned to his junior team in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.