Flyers re-sign Leighton

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Goaltemder Michael Leighton will battle Brian Boucher for the starting job in 2010-11. (Getty Images)

Goaltemder Michael Leighton will battle Brian Boucher for the starting job in 2010-11. (Getty Images)

After saving the season twice for the Philadelphia Flyers, unrestricted free-agent goaltender Michael Leighton was rewarded Wednesday afternoon by signing a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the Flyers.  This is a big increase for him since he only made $600,000 last season.

Leighton was claimed off of waivers by Philadelphia on December 15.

Following injuries to both starting goaltender Ray Emery and backup Brian Boucher, Leighton was thrust into the starter’s role after the Flyers went into a free-fall and plummeted to the basement of the Eastern Conference.

Leighton posted a remarkable run with the Flyers, going 16-5-2 and posting a 2.48 goals-against average and .918 save percentage with one shutout.

Many credit Leighton with saving the season at that point.

But he went down with a high-ankle sprain on March 16 and did not reappear between the pipes until the second round of the playoffs went Boucher was injured.

Leighton continued where he left off, going 8-3 and taking the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks.  He led the League during the playoffs in goals-against average (2.46) and shutouts (3) and was second in save percentage (.916) and third in wins (8).

The Flyers now have two goaltenders under contract, with Boucher signed through the 2011 season.  General Manager Paul Holmgren has not ruled out looking for another goaltender through the free agency, which starts Thursday.

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