Three minutes into Free Agency, and the Flyers have completed their first deal. According to Josh Rimer, Philadelphia has re-signed G Michael Leighton to a one year deal, worth $900k.
The netminder spent all season with the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers AHL team. In 56 games, he had a record of 28-26-0-1, and posted a GAA of 2.58. Those numbers were good enough to place him on the AHL All-Star team. Leighton was best known for his remarkable run with the Flyers in 2009, taking them to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
But with the emergence of Sergei Bobrovsky, Leighton lost his starting job. When Philadelphia signed in Ilya Bryzgalov to take the reigns as a starter, the 31 year old was forced to accept a role in Adirondack.
Philadelphia may still not be done looking for a backup Goalie, and Leighton may once again be stuck in the AHL. However, the deal is perfect for both sides. If Holmgren cannot come to an agreement with another backup, Michael Leighton is a fantastic option. At a mere $900k, he’d be one of the cheapest options on the market.
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UPDATE: Sam Carchidi reports Leighton’s deal is one-way. He will definitely be Bryzgalov’s backup next year.