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Did Leighton Hide His Back Problem?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“I first felt it in the playoffs last year,” Leighton said. “I gave it time to settle down, and, obviously, it was injured and it never really went away. So when I was working out in the summer and doing activities, it was flaring up a little bit, but nothing to the point where it is now.”...

His injury could have impacted the Flyers’ decision to sign him. Leighton signed a 2-year, $3.1 million extension on June 30.

“Obviously, I’m not happy about this now,” general manager Paul Holmgren said, “but we certainly didn’t know about this in the summertime, when we were going through the contract negotiations.”

Holmgren stopped short of saying Leighton was dishonest, as happened earlier in the summer. Ian Laperriere, who was hit in the face with a puck during the playoffs against New Jersey last April, did not disclose his full postconcussion and vision symptoms to the team’s medical staff and he could miss the entire season.

“They all want to play,” Holmgren said. “We had this conversation in training camp.  We started out training camp by saying any injury, however slight, please report it, so we can get ahead of the game….

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