This past post season saw several NHL teams make the playoffs and succeed with rookie or journeymen goaltending.
Take the Stanley Cup finals for example. Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher versus Antti Niemi.
There was a lot of talk early after the post season that maybe, just maybe teams will start to get smarter and not pay for goaltenders. The start of the end of inflated salaries in the NHL? Dead wrong.
The Philadelphia Flyers have bestowed the faith and trust of the crease at The Wachovia Center to Michael Leighton for two years for a total of #3.1 million dollars. Not a bad raise for a guy who only made $600,000 last year, and hasn’t played more than 30 NHL games more than once (his season high was 34 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Just think, he was with the Sabres organization in 05-06 (with AHL affiliate Rochester Americans).
Looks like NHL teams haven’t learned their lesson and will continue to overpay for talent undertalent.
At least if he flops next year we all have another reason to laugh at the Philadelphia Flyers.