The Philadelphia Flyers appear to be going with a familiar face as their No. 1 netminder next season, as the club has signed Michael Leighton to a two-year, $3.1 million contract.
The signing locks up three goalies in the Flyers' depth chart, with Brian Boucher on board for 2010-11 and Johan Backlund recently signing a two-year deal.
Leighton, who was acquired on waivers from Carolina midway through last season, helped lead the Flyers into the playoffs with a 16-5-2 record and 2.48 goals-against average. He was also instrumental in taking the Flyers to the Stanley Cup final wth a historic comeback against Bostonin the second round and three shutouts against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Flyers had received permission to speak to impending unrestricted free agent goaltenders Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco, but deals for those players did not pan out.