Philadelphia Flyers Agree To Multi-Year Deal With Michael Leighton

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJune 30, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers minds the net against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Michael Leighton had agreed to terms of a multi-year contract with the team.

The deal will keep Michael in Philadelphia until the end of the 2011-2012 season.

The Flyers were openly pursuing every option at goaltender throughout this offseason and it is believed that Leighton will be the only goalie the team will sign. Most experts agree that Leighton will now take over the starting role while fellow journeyman, Brian Boucher, will serve as the backup.

In Leighton's interview with PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, Michael said, "I'm very excited for the opportunity to come back to the Flyers organization for two more years. It was my intention all along."

Leighton also went on to say, "My expectation for next year is to definitely improve. You can always improve. I definitely want things to go for me as well as it did during the regular season and in the playoffs last season. For me, as a goalie, you always want to improve".

Improvement will be the key if Leighton hopes to continue in the Flyers starting job for seasons to come. Despite being the only Flyer goaltender to record three post-season shutouts in one series, Michael is still unproven and will have much more exposure in 2010-2011.

Philadelphia hopes that Leighton will continue his winning ways with the Flyers after he posted a 16-5-2 regular season record last year and an 8-3 record in the playoffs.

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Flyer fans can begin to see the 2010-2011 team now come into focus as Philadelphia has found their man between the pipes for at least the next two years.


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