Instant analysis: Flyers sign Alex Lyon to one-year deal

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With free agency rapidly approaching, the Flyers are wasting no time in scrolling through their to-do list. Alex Lyon and a deal was the next item on the agenda, with Philadelphia signing him to a one-year deal worth $700k.

Lyon is now 27-years-old and has been with the organization since going undrafted in 2016. Probably best-known for that iconic five-overtime win against the Charlotte Checkers where he stopped 94 shots out of 95, the 6’1, 201 lbs goalie has become synonymous with the Phantoms.

Over four years with Lehigh Valley, he’s amassed a 73-53-15 record with six shutouts and a .913 save percentage. Lyon has also been able to help the Flyers in a pinch, registering 16 appearances in the last 3 seasons, going 5-4-1 in 10 starts.

Alex Lyon was kept as the Flyers’ third goalie during the NHL playoffs which was definitely a vote of confidence from AV. It’s going to take a big offseason, but Lyon could be a name to watch come Training Camp.

Keeping a solid AHL goalie around is always a good idea and Lyon’s development has been interesting to watch. With Brian Elliott currently scheduled to be a UFA, adding a cheap insurance policy behind him isn’t the worst idea. He’ll likely continue to be the starting Lehigh Valley goalie for the foreseeable future, but with Kirill Ustimenko and Felix Sandström in the wings down in the Valley, maybe a bump up the depth chart is a little closer than we think.