Prior to the start of free agency in July, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dropped a broad hint that the team intended to re-sign impending UFA goaltender Michael Leighton to be the backup goaltender. The team signed Leighton to a one-year, $900,000 contract.
Leighton's price tag represented an $850,000 cost saving versus Sergei Bobrovsky's salary and also came in $600,000 less thousand less than than what Chris Mason received from Nashville. Many initially speculated that Mason would end up in Philadelphia.
IThe team's line of reasoning: Leighton knows the team, knows Peter Laviolette's system and has a strong working relationship with goaltending coach Jeff Reese. His back is also reasonably healthy again after undergoing surgery in the summer of 2010.