Yesterday, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms announced that they have signed John Muse to a one year AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. Muse, who won 2 NCAA Championships with Boston College, has spent the past 6 seasons splitting time between the AHL and ECHL. The Phantoms are the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and the Reading Royals (ECHL).
This past season, Muse played for the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the now-defunct Elmira Jackals (ECHL). He maintained a .925 save percentage for the Jackals and had a .907 save percentage with Rochester. Muse has previously played for the Charlotte Checkers, Texas Stars, and Portland Pirates in the AHL and the Florida Everblades and Fort Wayne Comets in the ECHL. He has 8 career shutouts in the AHL and holds a 0.914 career AHL save percentage. Muse’s professional highlight is the 2012 ECHL playoffs, during which he allowed 1.78 goals per game on average over 13 post-season games, leading his team to a trophy.
After starting for the Charlotte Checkers during the 2013-14 season, Muse has had trouble finding a steady place on a team. Since that season, his AHL starts have been steadily decreasing. The Phantom’s starting goaltender from the 2016-17, Yale’s Alex Lyon, has yet to re-sign with the team. If he does re-sign, it is likely Muse will be his backup or that they will split the season equally.