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Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

By Justin Adkins:

The Flyers have announced that goaltender Michael Leighton has been placed on waivers.

Leighton played well in the Stanley Cup run last year, but hasn’t been the same since undergoing back surgery on October 11. 

He had played in only two preseason games in September prior to having surgery, and hadn’t seen any regular action this season until he returned on December 30 against the Kings.

If Leighton passes through waivers unclaimed, the Flyers can assign him to the Adirondack Phantoms, their minor league AHL affilate.

The way the NHL waiver system works is unique, in that if the Flyers eventually recall him, any team can put in a claim for the goaltender at half his contract price.  Leighton’s current deal is for two years and $3.1 million.

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