Flyers Claim Michael Leighton off Waivers (Again)

Do you recognize this man? via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Well, maybe John Grahame isn't the Flyers savior.  According to CSNPhilly.com, Michael Leighton was claimed off waivers for the second time in his career by the Philadelphia Flyers today.

Having a hard time remembering Leighton?  That's because he only played 4 games in the Orange and Black, and he wasn't very good.  In the season that shall not be named, Leighton posted a 2-2-0 record with a 3.69 goals against average and .882 save percentage.

Why do the Flyers keep acquiring below-average goalies?  I can't exactly tell you - since there's no proof they are any better than Johan Backlund - but I can point out the theme.  Leighton played under Peter Laviolette in Carolina, just as John Grahame did.

The good news is that Leighton only has a $600,000 cap hit.  The bad news is that he isn't very good.  He has a career GAA of 3.10 to go along with his career .896 save percentage.  This year, his numbers are even worse:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Michael Leighton 7 350 1 4 25 4.29 164 139 .848 0

One of those losses was at the hands of the Flyers, a 6-1 shellacking on Halloween.  I had the pleasure of being there that day, and I shockingly wasn't impressed by Leighton.  Here are the highlights from that game:


Have any additional thoughts? Musings? Rantings?  I suggest we don't overreact - if acquiring Stefan Legein wasn't a big deal at the time, how is this any different?

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