Michael Leighton’s Time with Philadelphia Flyers Likely Over

January 6th, 2011 by Mike Pantaleone Leave a reply »

It came as a shock to some people when the 29-year-old Ontario native Michael Leighton was waived on January 3. General Manager Paul Holmgren had previously stated in other interviews that he would have no problem carrying three goalies, at least in the short term. When news broke Leighton was on the waiver wire, there was some confusion.

There was speculation that the New York Islanders may lay claim, with Dwayne Roloson being traded to Tampa Bay and Rick DiPietro sustaining an injury. Others were saying that Buffalo would put in a claim, but that never happened either. Since, Michael has not surprisingly cleared waivers. As of now, Michael Leighton's seemingly never-ending journey will take him to Adirondack.

Leighton came to a struggling Flyers team almost exactly one year ago, when he was picked up off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Ray Emery had fallen to injury, and since has not played in the NHL. Leighton went 16-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average after coming to the Flyers, not to mention three shutouts in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.

There is no question that Leighton ...

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