Jan 042011
Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

Former Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

By Justin Adkins:

The Flyers  have confirmed that former goaltender Michael Leighton has cleared waivers, and will be assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

No team made a claim for the former Flyer (twice now), Hurricane, Predator, Sabre, Canadien, and Duck.

With the Flyers, Leighton was 17-5-2, with an 8-3 playoff record.

But most teams don’t use a three-headed monster in goal, and apparently Flyers general manager preferred the team of rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky and veteran Brian Boucher.

“There’s really two reasons for doing this,” Holmgren said. “One is it’s in the best interest of the Flyers at this time. And number two, it’s in the best interest of Michael. We need to get Michael playing a higher level and unfortunately when you have a goaltender situation like we do, it’s hard to do right now.”

The fact that the New York Rangers — who last night had goaltender Rick Dipietro go down yet again with an injury — decided to pass on Leighton doesn’t speak well to the former Flyers‘ future.

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