Pens working on Fleury deal

An unusually large number of picks from this year's draft are poised to make their respective teams.

Updated: October 6, 2003, 3:50 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
An unusually large number of picks from this year's draft are poised to make their respective teams at the beginning of the NHL season, but one of the best rookies might have to be sent back to his junior team.

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the first overall pick, has until 3 p.m. ET Monday to sign or else he will be forced to delay his NHL debut.

Negotiations with Fleury's agent, Allan Walsh, will likely go down to the wire as the Penguins try to keep payroll as low as possible. Walsh wouldn't give much detail, but told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that nothing had been completed as of Sunday night.


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