CHICAGO - MAY 29: Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores a shorthanded goal on goaltender Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadephia Flyers in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on May 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
I guess it pays to be a bit of a playoff hero. Leighton, he of the save career save percentage as Vesa Toskala, just got a contract about three times bigger than players with similar talent. Here are rankings of goaltender save percentage over the last ten years; Leighton is 72nd. Among 51 goaltenders who were active in 2009-10, he's 47th.
Basically, goalies with Leighton's established talent level make $500k a year. Philly overpaid for no good reason.