Flyers re-sign Leighton

Michael F'in' Leighton

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The Flyers have made it official, re-signing goaltender Michael Leighton to back up Ilya Bryzgalov on Sunday afternoon. The deal is for one year, $900k.

This should sum up both the contract and the reactions to it:

Leighton has exactly one game of NHL experience since Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, an unsteady 7-4 victory in Los Angeles on December 30, 2010.

“I’m very happy to be back in Philly,” Leighton said upon the announcement. “This is where I want to be and I’m excited about the team we have this year. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with Jeff Reese.”

The 31-year-old Ontario native finished 28-26-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average and two shutouts over 56 games for Adirondack last season.

  • John

    Do not be surprised if/ or when leighton bails out bryzgalov..
    michael leighton is more than adequate for a backup…if ir wasn’t for
    Him the flyers run in 09-10 would have been shortened he kept them in every game and more proven when it counts, the playoffs, than bryz

    • Bob H

      Good thoughts, John. I can’t look at Leighton’s 2010 playoffs as an absolute, something to compare favorably with Bryzgalov’s playoffs last year or his time in Phoenix. That run 2 years ago was filled with a lot of luck on all sides, and I think Leighton played as well as he ever will.

      Someone brought up the idea that Leighton isn’t “a threat” to Bryzgalov like Sergei Bobrovsky apparently was, and if true, then yeah, this is an ideal situation where Bryz is the starter and Leighton is the backup and no “controversy” can arise from that.