The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Saturday they have agreed to terms with goaltender, Alex Lyon, on a two-year contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
It is a great move in between the pipes for the Flyers, especially with Lyon's impressive play this past season. Lyon made 94 saves as the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms defeated the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in quintuple overtime on May 9th during the postseason, setting the record for the longest game in league history.
Lyon obliterated the franchise save record, eclipsing Scott Munroe's mark of 65, which was set in a five-OT loss in 2008. Michael Leighton stopped 98 shots for the Albany River Rats that night, setting the AHL record in what previously stood as the longest game in league history (142:58).
He was the Phantoms starter in the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs, where he posted a 1.98 GAA and .944 save percentage with a 6-5 record leading Lehigh Valley to the Eastern Conference Finals.
It came as uplifting news for the Flyers, who struggled mightily to find a secure starting goalie this past season with injuries to Michal Neuvirth, Brian Elliott, which pushed general manager Hextall to make a move and land Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in time for the postseason. The Flyers were however eliminated in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Mrazek left Philadelphia to test the free-agency market at the start of the month.
Mrazek ended up signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The 25-year-old Lyon saw a brief run in the NHL this season, and it was the first time in his career that he's appeared at the top level. Lyon took part in 11 games for the Flyers this season, posting a record of 4-2-1 and recording a .905 save percentage. In these 11 contests, according to NHL.com, Lyon made 40 saves in regulation, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second, 12 in the third, 14 in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Lyon originally signed with the Flyers as a free agent out of Yale University on Apr. 6, 2016 and signed an extension on July 16, 2017.
The Flyers are probably really excited to have him in the fold!