The Lyon is back.
The Philadelphia Flyers have activated Alex Lyon from Injured Non-Roster Status and loaned him to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 10, 2018
There were worries that Lyon would have to pass through waivers to be sent down, but he is still waiver-exempt.
Alex Lyon is still waiver-exempt after all. He was 23 when he signed in April 2016 and Flyers burned that year of his contract but because he didn’t play a pro game until the following season, the 15-16 season didn’t count toward the waiver process. So this his last year exempt. pic.twitter.com/UZftSnxqYy
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) October 10, 2018
Lyon made headlines last season when he made 94 saves in the longest game in AHL history.
He went 16-8-2 with a .913 save percentage in 27 games with the Phantoms. He went 6-5 with a .944 save percentage in 11 playoff games.
Lyon went 4-2-1 in 11 games (seven starts), all coming in the 2017-18 season, with a .905 save percentage in the NHL.
With Anthony Stolarz, Carter Hart, and now Alex Lyon, the Phantoms have depth at the goaltender position. One of those three could be called up to the NHL as the backup after Pickard is active for 10 games or 30 days, which is required because the Flyers claimed him off of waivers.
Hopefully Lyon can regain his form and potentially see NHL time this season.