LOS ANGELES CA - DECEMBER 30: Goaltender Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on during a breeak in the game with the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 30 2010 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Welp, he's back.
Michael Leighton's two-year contract, signed with the Flyers back in 2010, expired at 12 p.m. on Sunday. He wasn't out of a job for long. According to multiple reports, first noted by Josh Rimer of SiriusXM, Michael Leighton has signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Flyers. The team later confirmed the news.
Will he be the NHL backup this coming season, or will he be back in the AHL again? Would have to think the plan is for him to be in Philadelphia. Why would he sign here otherwise?
The money doesn't really make all that much sense. The 31-year-old had a $1.55 million cap hit on his previous deal, and while he spent almost the duration of the contract with the Adirondack Phantoms, he was made available on re-entry waivers several times.
Available at half price on re-entry, the entire league passed on him at a price tag of $775,000. Couple that with the plethora of backup-level goalies on the market and it seems as though the Flyers could have gotten Leighton on a cheaper term than this.