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No Room For Leighton In Philadelphia

from Chuck Gormley of the CourierPost,

Today, Leighton spends his mornings at the Skate Zone trying to work his way back onto a team that clearly has no room for him.

Having signed 31-year-old Russian Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract, the Flyers have found the No. 1 goaltender they have sought since Ron Hextall’s prime.

The rest of the goaltending puzzle is far more unsettled. Sergei Bobrovsky, 22, is entering the second year of a contract that pays him $1.75 million this season, which would make him the second highest-paid backup in the NHL.

The Flyers also signed 28-year-old American Hockey League veteran Jason Bacashihua to a one-year contract and anticipate him winning the job as the Adirondack Phantoms’ No. 1 goalie. And then there’s 6-foot-7 prospect Niko Hovinen, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flyers last May and is slated to play in Finland this season.

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Ducksworth's avatar

They should send Bobrovsky down to the AHL for seasoning since Bryzgalov will be getting the bulk of the starts and call up Leighton for backup duty. Bobrovsky needs more playing time and wont get it with Bryzgalov as the starter.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 08/14/11 at 02:39 PM ET

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Bob’s playoff appearance against the Bruins in the playoffs was his 60th game of the season, as such he would have to clear waivers.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 08/14/11 at 09:14 PM ET

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