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Leighton re-signs with Flyers

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 12:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Goalie Michael Leighton has re-signed with the Philadelphia Flyers to serve as the backup to Ilya Bryzgalov.

The contract reportedly is for one-year, $900,000.

The Flyers last week traded Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets, opening the No. 2 spot behind Bryzgalov.

"I'm very happy to be back in Philly," Leighton said, according to the team's website. "This is where I want to be and I'm excited about the team we have this year. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with Jeff Reese."

Leighton, 31, has not played an NHL game since 2010-11, when he played one.

In parts of three seasons, all with the Flyers, he is 35-40-2 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 104 games.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round