Goalie Michael Leighton Re-Signed by Philadelphia Flyers to Two-Year Deal

July 1st, 2010 by Bob Cunningham Leave a reply »

Leighton could get a chance to be the full-time starter.

In a move that likely means the Flyers have resigned themselves to the fact that they won't be getting a veteran goalie this offseason, they have resigned former waiver-wire pickup Michael Leighton to a two-year deal.

The deal is worth a total of $3.1 million, with $1.5 million coming next season, and the remaining $1.6 million coming the season after.

"We are pleased to have Michael under contract for the next two seasons,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Michael came to our team in December last year and played extremely well for us in the regular season and the playoffs.

"Michael is an athletic goalie who we feel is just coming into his own as an NHL goaltender and we look forward to Michael building on the level of play he established this past season."

To me, it sounds like Holmgren is basically saying Leighton is going to be the guy next year. Fans who were expecting the team to make a run for a proven starter are going to be disappointed, but this move makes sense on a few different levels.

For instance, if they do go after a starter, t ...

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