In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.
The Checking Line Flyers Edition's own Daniel Gold was live on-site at the AHL Outdoor Classic game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last Friday. The Adirondack Phantoms defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3 in overtime.
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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.
For the Adirondack Phantoms, playing outdoors brought back some great childhood memories of playing with the fresh air in their face.
But for Shane Harper, his top memory will be how he won an outdoor hockey game for his team. For his career, it was "definitely number one for sure" in where the game winning goal ranked, leaving Harper with a hockey memory he will never forget.
Harper's goal gave the Phantoms a come-from-behind win against the Bears, 4-3, in the AHL Outdoor Classic. It capped off a wonderful week of outdoor hockey at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
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.