Sunday: Sam Carchidi of Philly.com reports that Lyon signed a two-year deal worth $750K per year.
The 25-year-old spent most of last season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, posting a 2.75 GAA and a .913 SV% in 27 regular season games. He followed that up with a stellar showing in the postseason, highlighted by an AHL record 94 saves in a game that went to five overtimes in the Atlantic Division Finals.
Lyon also got into 11 games with the Flyers in 2017-18, his first NHL action. He put up decent numbers for his inaugural stint with a 2.75 GAA and a .905 SV% although the team still opted to add Petr Mrazek down the stretch rather than count on Lyon to play as a starter when both Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth were injured.
As things stand, Lyon is set to battle for playing time in what should be a very crowded crease in Lehigh Valley. Anthony Stolarz (also an RFA) is now healthy after missing most of last season with knee issues while top prospect Carter Hart is set to make his professional debut as well. (Felix Sandstrom, while also signed and AHL eligible, is expected to play in the SHL next season.) Although there are certainly question marks surrounding the viability of Philadelphia’s current goalie tandem on a long-term basis, they’re certainly not lacking prospects at that position.