After spending all of last season with the Adirondack Phantoms, Michael Leighton signed a one-year pact earlier this summer to remain with the Flyers organization. H is slated to be Ilya Bryzgalov's back up whenever the NHL is able to resume play.
This will be Leighton's third stint in Philadelphia and his history with the organization has been erratic at best.
A revelation during the 2009-10 season after injuries sidelined Brian Boucher and Ray Emery, Leighton produced solid numbers as the team's starter posting a 16-5-2 record to go along with a 2.48 goals-against average and .920 save percentage to close out the regular season.
That stellar play seemed to carry over into the postseason. After Boucher returned only to suffer another injury, it was Leighton who backstopped the Flyers into the history books as Philly erased a 3-0 series deficit to the Boston Bruins en route to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Of course the Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals that season and that's where it all came apart for Leighton. He was pulled from Game One and Game Five (both Chicago Blackhawks victories) and finished the finals with a goals-against average just under four to go along with a pedestrian .876 save percentage.
Despite his struggles in the Stanley Cup Finals, Leighton re-signed with the Flyers the following summer only to miss the season's first two months because of back surgery. He played in one game in late December, but the solid play of Boucher and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky during his absence left Leighton without a job.
The current lockout has jeopardized Leighton's third stint with the Orange and Black but if history is any indication, if the two are allowed to reunite on the ice, it will certainly be eventful.