After all that he had been through, Michael Leighton didn’t expect his return to Philadelphia to be anything like it was on Friday.
His tenure in Philadelphia has been nothing short of odd. In 2009, Leighton went from unemployed to starting in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in Boston and eventually being the savior that led the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup Finals berth since 1997.
Dream situation, right? Little did Leighton know that the already roller coaster ride he was on would continue and that his impact on Philadelphia Flyers hockey would be both glamorous and infamous.
That brings Leighton’s career to Friday night in Philadelphia. Two years removed from playing on the outdoor ice in Boston, Leighton started for the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL Outdoor Classic in front of 45,653 people.
Only the Chicago Bears really understand what's going on in Philadelphia.
The National Football League's Bears have had 15 different starting quarterbacks since 1992. No other sports franchise recently has had one of the most important positions in its respective sport be in so much flux.
That is until the Philadelphia Flyers and their perennial problems in net get tossed into the discussion.
Since Ron Hextall was "the guy" in between the pipes, the goalie position has been a revolving door for the Flyers from 1999 until today. They are hopeful the big money they spent on Ilya Bryzgalov this off season finally pays off, putting a stopper on the door.
The alumni game this Saturday is a reminder of the Flyers lack of any consistent goaltending in the last 15 years.
Coming into their last meeting, the Flyers had lost four of five. Since their last meeting, the team has gone 4-0-2 and looks to be back on course. Although much has changed in that time, not much has changed between the two teams. Matt Brigidi explains.