Philadelphia Flyers’ Injuries: Loss Of Lappy Hurts More Than Leighton

September 29th, 2010 by Charlie O'Connor Leave a reply »
The 2010 preseason had been filled with good news for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The potential addition of Bill Guerin created dreams of a top-nine forward corps filled with potential 20-goal scorers.

Solid performances from rookies like Sergei Bobrovsky, Ben Holmstrom, and Mike Testwuide helped build excitement for the future.

The rapid recoveries of Blair Betts and Ville Leino from offseason surgeries, along with the lack of setbacks in the rehabilitation of star defenseman Chris Pronger, seemed to imply that the Flyers could have a fully healthy roster going into their opening night clash with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on October 7.

Those hopes died Tuesday with the announcement that both starting goaltender Michael Leighton and fourth-line grinder Ian Laperriere would miss the start of the season due to injuries.

Leighton will miss at least the first month of the season with a bulging disc in his back, while Laperriere is out indefinitely with post-concussion syndrome from taking a puck to the face in the playoff series with the New Jersey Devils.

Any time a team loses their projected starting goalie, it ...

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