The Philadelphia Flyers have their backup goalie.
Chuck Fletcher and the Flyers re-signed Brian Elliott to a one-year, $2 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.
THE MOOSE IS BACK.https://t.co/PEcYAquBzn
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 26, 2019
Many thought that Cam Talbot would re-sign after the Flyers traded for him in February, but the Moose is back instead.
Elliott took a slight pay cut — from $2.75 million to $2 million per year — on the one-year deal. It makes sense as Elliott was expected to share the bulk of the starts over the course of his last contract.
“Brian has played well for us the last two seasons,” said Fletcher. “He is a proven, quality goaltender who competes and battles hard every time he has the net. We are excited to have him rejoin our team.”
Elliott played in 43 games (42 starts) in 2017-18, his first season in Philadelphia, posting a 23-21-7 record with a .909 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average. He has dealt with injuries in his two years in Philly, being limited to just 26 games (23 starts) last season with a record of 11-11-1, .907 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average.
Elliott will be the backup goalie for Carter Hart with Alex Lyon as the third option. Lyon will likely start for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL.
The Flyers know what they have in Elliott and, if he can stay healthy, he can be a solid backup for Hart. The contract is reasonable as well for a backup goalie at $2 million.