Fleury to rejoin Pens on Sunday

Updated: January 10, 2004, 4:50 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will rejoin the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, just over a month since leaving to play for Canada in the world junior championships.

Fleury was expected to practice with the Penguins on Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Craig Patrick said.

Fleury, the first pick in the June draft, got off to a strong start with the Penguins, winning or tying five of his first seven starts. His record slipped to 4-10-2 with eight losses in nine games, including two overtime losses, when he left following a Dec. 9 overtime loss to Vancouver.

In the championship game of the world juniors, Fleury's attempted clearing pass banked off a teammate and into his own net for the winning goal in a 4-3 loss to the United States.

Coach Eddie Olczyk hasn't said when he expects Fleury to play again.

Fleury can play nine more games before the team owes him $3 million in contract bonuses.

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