Sep 282010
Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

September 28 Philadelphia Inquirer:

Michael Leighton’s lower-back strain doesn’t appear to be something to worry about.

At least that’s what Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday moments after he viewed his No.1 goaltender’s MRI results at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.

“We are not real concerned about this,” Holmgren said of the injury Leighton aggravated during Friday’s 4-3 exhibition shoot-out victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.

He said Leighton could return to practice by the end of the week.

“He’s coming along a little better,” Holmgren said. “But we are going to hold him off the ice. . . . The earliest, it would be Thursday.”

It is believed that Leighton, who was unavailable for comment Monday, originally strained his back while working out over the summer.

The 29-year-old aggravated the injury in the third period Friday. He was removed after the overtime session and replaced by backup Brian Boucher for the shoot-out.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette would not disclose the possible replacement for Leighton. Nor would he name the starter for Tuesday’s exhibition game against the New Jersey Devils in Newark, N.J. Boucher and newcomer Sergei Bobrovsky are the candidates.

Bobrovsky has been a pleasant surprise this preseason. Laviolette said he had played well enough to get another exhibition start. He started Saturday’s 3-2 shoot-out victory at the Minnesota Wild, stopping all three of the Wild’s shoot-out attempts after making 18 saves in regulation.”

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