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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Holmgren talked to the media today about waiving Leighton.
“We thought about it the last few days. At the end of the day, I think that this is a move that is in the best interest of the Flyers and the best interest of Michael Leighton,” Holmgren said. “We need to get him playing at a higher level. More than anything, he is probably still iis n training-camp mode.”
Holmgren was asked if Leighton was waived based on the Kings’ game. “We probably all believed he’d be a little rusty,” Holmgren said. “This is more to do with how the other guys have played. At the end of the day, it’s best for the organization.”
On interest in Leighton around the league?
“I’d be very disappointed if he were claimed, because that means we’d be losing a goalie for nothing,” Holmgren said.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
After grinding through 65 minutes, starter Michael Leighton needed to be yanked because of a lower back injury, forcing coach Peter Laviolette to insert a cold Brian Boucher off the bench just in time for a shootout in last night’s 4-3 exhibition win over the Maple Leafs.
“We needed to make the move, physically,” Laviolette said after a long pause when asked about the move. “At this point, I really don’t want to comment until we get a better understanding.”
Leighton was not available for comment after the game.
General manager Paul Holmgren said he is “cautiously optimistic” that Leighton will be back in action soon, though the injury seems deeper than that.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette did not announce outright his starting goalie, but hinted strongly at going back to Michael Leighton.
“Our goaltender has the best numbers in the playoffs, I don’t think I have to announce it,” Laviolette told reporters during media availability Tuesday afternoon after practice.
Leighton twice has been pulled in the Cup finals, including Game 5 in Chicago.
I think going with Leighton is the right call, but any sign of his game being off, he will be replaced.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In what has been a riveting and consistently entertaining NHL postseason thus far, the oddest back story of all focuses on the respective starters in net. And how a series of here-to-fore lightly regarded goaltenders are facing each other, while the big names either missed the playoffs altogether or were quickly dispatched.
Of the 100 goaltenders listed by salary on stats website nhlnumbers.com, Niemi ranks 57th (at $827,000 U.S.) while Leighton is dead last (No. 100). Leighton’s price tag is $600,000, but because the Flyers grabbed him on waivers, they were responsible for just half.
Even in today’s inflated NHL salaries, both represent exceptional value.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
The Flyers’ season may hinge on goalie Michael Leighton’s injured left ankle.
The goalie, a waiver-wire wonder this season, suffered a high ankle sprain early in Tuesday’s 4-3 shoot-out loss to Nashville. He will have an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.
“I just went out to get the puck and it got away from me, and I kind of went back on my leg and felt my leg pop, my ankle,” Leighton said. “It’s just the way I fell backwards. I felt something pop and it didn’t feel good.”
Brian Boucher replaced Leighton and played admirably, allowing one goal the rest of the way and helping the Flyers salvage an important point.
“Once he has settled in, he has played really well,” coach Peter Laviolette said.