The Philadelphia Flyers are bringing back Alex Lyon. The team announced Friday that the 27-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract extension with a value of $700,000 for the 2020-21 season. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.
DONE DEAL: has inked a one-year deal! https://t.co/WFLDEjVf3q— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 25, 2020
After putting together three impressive campaigns as Yale University’s backstop, Lyon signed with the Flyers as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Since joining the organization, Lyon has spent the majority of his time playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League, though he has been counted on to appear in NHL games on occasion.
Lyon has a 5-4-1 record with a 3.15 goals against average and .893 save percentage in 16 NHL appearances to date. In the AHL, however, Lyon has served as a steady presence for Lehigh Valley with a 2.73 goals against average and .913 save percentage in 145 games. In 2018, Lyon helped the Phantoms win the longest game in AHL history, stopping 94 of 95 Charlotte Checkers shots through 146 minutes and 48 seconds of play.
With veteran netminder Brian Elliott set to become an unrestricted free agent, Lyon could be an option to serve as Carter Hart’s backstop in 2020-21. Of course, bringing Elliott back would be a far more ideal situation for the Flyers. In 31 games in 2019-20, Elliott went 16-7-4 and logged a 2.87 goals against average and .899 save percentage. He’s done an excellent job helping Hart get his feet wet in the NHL, so keeping him around for another year or two could be in everyone’s best interest.
In all likelihood, expect Lyon to resume his role as the Phantoms’ No. 1 goalie in 2020-21. Should his services be needed in the NHL, he at least has the track record to prove he can be an adequate fill-in when necessary.