Originally Posted by Excelsior
Michael Leighton is signed for this season only. I picked him up off the waiver wire and wonder if the NHL season does go at some point this year, is he worth keeping or if he gets a few starts and plays well should I look to trade him?
I guess what I'm asking is, do you think Philly will extend his contract ( if he plays well ) and will he get many starts behind Bryz next season assuming he re-signs?
If he becomes a UFA, do you see someone else signing him ( I would assume as a backup )?
Is he fantasy-worthy now & in the future?
He's only worth keeping if there's a condensed schedule. Bryzgalov will probably be terrible for most of a small season, but Leighton could stand in there and win some games as a backup. Otherwise you're looking at an UFA that would only be signed to a two-way NHL deal as a starter in the AHL to act as a depth guy and to mentor a younger guy.