May 4, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) tosses a puck to the fans after the game against the St. Louis Blues in game two of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Future Hall of Fame goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury belongs in the State of Hockey. And, that's where he'll be through the 2023-24 season.

On Thursday, Fleury, who joined Minnesota at the NHL trade deadline March 21, inked a two-year, $7 million deal to return to the Wild.

Fleury was brilliant from the jump with Minnesota, becoming the first netminder in franchise history to win his first three starts. He finished his first year with the Wild with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage over 11 games (9-2), sharing time with fellow veteran Cam Talbot.

Before joining Minnesota, Fleury made 45 appearances between the pipes for the Chicago Blackhawks and posted a 19-21-5 record, including four shutouts, with a GAA of 2.95 and .908 save percentage. He played with Vegas from 2017-21.

A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Fleury made his 16th trip to the playoffs in 2022, the most by a goalie in NHL history.

Drafted first overall by Pittsburgh in 2003, Fleury recorded 375 wins in 536 starts for the Penguins over 13 seasons. He's participated in four NHL All-Star games (2011, 2015, 2018 and 2019) and was the recipient of the 2020-21 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league's top goaltender.

Fleury was originally acquired from Chicago in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2022 NHL draft. The annual event begins Thursday night (Round 1) and concludes Friday (Rounds 2-7).

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