On a crazy trade deadline in the NHL (which was really more like a crazy last hour), a smaller bit of BC related news broke in the early afternoon. John Muse signed a two way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, earning the contract after a season that started in the ECHL. Muse, 29, is a 2011 graduate of Boston College and helped lead the team to a national championship in his senior season as an Eagle.
Muse started this season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL after spending most of the past several seasons with a variety of teams in the AHL. Despite the demotion, Muse performed extremely well for Reading, putting up a .930 save percentage in 24 games. A slew of injuries to the Flyers goalies opened up a spot at the AHL level for Muse, and his strong play continued, as he has put up a .934 save percentage in his eight appearances since joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Muse was placed on waivers on Sunday afternoon with the intent of being signed to an NHL deal after clearing.
It remains very unlikely that Muse will ever see the NHL for the Flyers despite the contract, but it is nice to see his hard work and high level of play rewarded. Muse’s deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $55,000 with Reading. Lehigh Valley currently has the second most points in the AHL, so Muse may be looking at another chance to lead his team to a championship. A big congratulations to Muse, who managed to earn an NHL deal despite starting two full levels below the big leagues, and we wish him the best of luck going forward.