The Flyers have decided he is the answer he has been looking for according to San Filippo
Do they stick with the original plan and deal for a young goalie, or do they conclude that they’ve had that guy for the past six months, but that he was being overlooked as a stopgap?
“Michael Leighton has been just fantastic,” the front-office source said. “Who knew we had the guy we needed already here?”
Leighton is proving that his 16-5-3 regular-season record was no fluke. And the front-office source has seen the light.
“Absolutely we’ll want to keep him here,” he said.
The big question: Can the Flyers afford him? Leighton is kick-saving his way to a hefty raise from the $600,000 he made this season. A safe estimate is that he’ll command a salary in the neighborhood of $2 million — and maybe a bit more if his name is etched on the Cup.
That could be tough for the cap-strapped Flyers. Or maybe not.
You make a good point, but how much do you think Leighton would make annually in a 2-3 year deal? I think he would make 1-1.5M/year in a long-term deal, especially since he really wants one so that he can settle down for once.
Even if Shooter falls in love and it turns out to be a mistake in that Leighton can't be a starter, then he is still only making marginally above average backup money, not too much risk in that risk v. reward scenario, imo, especially because the reward could be through the roof.
That being said, I can't wait for 2-3 years from now when Bobo and Sunshine are fighting each other for the Calder!
Yeah, I don't think he will make much, but Holmgren hasn't exactly handled poor contracts well in the past (Gauthier, Jones).
My biggest fear, though, is that he he and Boucher will play to their career averages and could really sink the Flyers next year.
We also can't just assume that our defense will mask any problems. Last year Giguere was horrible and he had both Pronger and Niedermayer playing in front of him. Teams can make it easier on a goalie, but they can't turn a mediocre goalie into a star.
It looks like the Flyers have fell in love and are poised to make the same mistake they always do. I pray we win the Cup this year.