What was the market for a journeyman goalie who only found his stride ten years after being drafted?
Well, we may never know as GM Paul Holmgren re-signed the 29-year-old to a two-year contract. According to Cap Geek, the Flyers will pay an annual 1.55 million cap hit over that two-year span.
By signing Leighton, the team must feel he is there guy. At no point did they display the same tenacity or resilience than when he played between the pipes.
During the regular season he finished with 16 wins in 26 starts while sporting a 2.48 GAA and .918 SV%. He similarly sported a 2.46 GAA and .916 SV% as he led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals with an 8-3 record.
His regular season totals projected 37 wins if he was to play around 60 games, giving you a good idea of his value over a full season.
At this point, if Leighton keeps the starting job and is available in the 7th or 8th round, I would take a gamble on him. Like his former teammate Craig Anderson, he is a late bloomer and shows no real signs of slowing down.