LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The flower power is headed out of Las Vegas.

Marc-Andre Fleury has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Golden Knights confirmed Tuesday morning after multiple outlets reported the trade. In return, VGK will get forward Mikael Hakkarainen from Chicago, a minor league player.

Allan Walsh tweeted Tuesday that Fleury had still not heard from the Golden Knights about the deal. The 36-year-old goalie did not have Chicago on his 10-team no-trade list but did not want to play for any team other than Vegas.

“Marc-Andre will be taking time to discuss his situation with his family and seriously evaluate his hockey future at this time,” Walsh posted on Twitter.

It's the first time in 20 years the reigning Vezina winner was traded before the next season. Buffalo traded Dominik Hasek to Detroit on the first day of free agency in 2001.

Fleury went 26-10-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .928 save percentage last season. He started 16 of the Golden Knights' 19 playoff games over Robin Lehner, who is signed for four more seasons. 

Lehner finished the postseason as the starter after a gaffe by Fleury late in Game 3 of the semifinals altered the series against Montreal and led coach Peter DeBoer to switch back and forth between his two goalies.

Wild Golden Knights Hockey

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defends against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup-winner, is set to count $7 million against the salary cap next season, and he is owed $6 million in actual money. The reported return of a minor leaguer indicates the move was a salary dump by Vegas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dirty rotten underhanded cowards the g.m. and owner are. Who would want to come and play for Vgk knowing what a bunch of p.o.s. They are. The captain Mark Stone needs to step up and voice some displeasure and disappointment in the way this transaction was handled. It makes me not want to be a fan anymore. My loyalty should reside elsewhere

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