FLYERS RESIGN LEIGHTON FOLLOWING PLAYOFF RUN

200px-Philadelphia_Flyers_svgThe Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a two-year contract extension, according to Club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per Club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have Michael under contract for the next two seasons,” said Holmgren.  “Michael came to our team in December last year and played extremely well for us in the regular season and the playoffs.  Michael is an athletic goalie who we feel is just coming into his own as an NHL goaltender and we look forward to Michael building on the level of play he established this past season.”

Leighton, 29, compiled a 16-5-2 record to go along with a 2.48 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 27 appearances, including one shutout. He was acquired by the Flyers on waivers on Dec. 15, 2009 from the Carolina Hurricanes and went unbeaten in regulation in his first 10 starts (Dec. 23, 2009 through Jan. 12, 2010), going 8-0-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .928 save percentage. He was named the NHL’s ‘Second Star’ of the week ending Feb. 14 after going 4-0-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .925 save percentage and set a new career high for wins in a season (17).

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