Flyers re-sign Leighton

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have re-signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a contract, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

“I’m very happy to be back in Philly,” Leighton said. “This is where I want to be and I’m excited about the team we have this year.”

Leighton, 31, was originally acquired by the Flyers in December 2009 and has spent the last 2½ seasons with the organization. He also appeared in four games for the Flyers during the 2006-07 season.

During the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Leighton set a new franchise record for shutouts in a playoff series when he recorded three shutouts in the five-game Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. In 14 games during that playoff run, Leighton posted a record of 8-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage.

In 104 NHL games with Chicago, Nashville, Carolina, and the Flyers, Leighton has a career record of 35-40-10-4 with a 2.95 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Leighton has appeared in 352 career AHL games, posting a record of 170-143-29 and ranking 16th all-time in wins and tied for fourth all-time in shutouts (36). Leighton is a three-time AHL All-Star and won the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the league’s best goaltender in 2007-08.