Michael Leighton Re-signs With Philadelphia Flyers

July 1st, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have re-signed Michael Leighton to a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension.

Leighton, who was claimed off waivers by the Flyers, was instrumental in the team's playoff run, a run which saw Leighton post a record of 9-1-1 in his first 11 playoff games and take the Flyers to within two games of winning the Stanley Cup.

While many Philadelphia fans have been chomping at the bit for general manager Paul Holmgren to bring in a “money” goaltender, it would appear as if his attempts to get Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov under contract and/or trade for Jaroslav Halak were thwarted, which left Holmgren with few options via the free agent market.

Truth be told (and I have been writing this for months now), all Leighton has done since he donned the Orange and Black is win.

His stellar 16-5-2 record, 2.48 goals against average, and .918 save percentage during the 2009-10 regular season was the main reason the Flyers even made the playoffs, while his playoff record speaks for itself (14-8-3, 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage with three shutouts).

Sure, Leighton rarely steals games a ...

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