Give Me a Break: Why Philadelphia Flyer Goalie Michael Leighton DESERVES to Stay

November 6th, 2010 by donald wood Leave a reply »
Our collective memory has failed us and the present has clouded our judgment, Philadelphia.

So quick to turn our backs on one of our own. For shame!

Michael Leighton deserves the chance to be the No. 1 goaltender in Philadelphia, no matter how excellent rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky plays.

Let me remind you of what Leighton went through to help us become the 2009-2010 Eastern Conference Champions and complete one of the three GREATEST comebacks in sports history!

Leighton was picked up off of waivers in early December before becoming the No. 1 goaltender. He only became No. 1 because of a hip injury to the experiment that didn’t work—Ray Emery. Leighton played in 27 regular season games before spraining his ankle in March. In that time, he posted a stout 16-5 record with two overtime losses and one shutout.

This waiver wire pickup helped turn around a season that was going nowhere fast.

Backup Brian Boucher filled in for Leighton and posted a 9-18 record in the regular season, including the 82nd game. It took the Flyers winning in the last game of the season in a shootout to clinch a playoff spo ...

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