Philadelphia Flyers Receive Permission to Keep Michael Leighton on IR

December 6th, 2010 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »
On Monday afternoon, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters on a conference call that goalie Michael Leighton is not ready to return to the Flyers after a six-day conditioning period with the Adirondack Phantoms.

Holmgren said that he filed for an extension for the conditioning assignment per the CBA, and a couple hours later, the NHL granted his request. Since the league approved the request, Leighton will return to the Phantoms for two more games.

According to the Flyers website, Leighton will play for Adirondack this coming weekend when the Phantoms play Syracuse and Portland on Friday and Saturday.

That will mean Holmgren will have to make a decision on Sunday on what to do with Leighton, unless they decide to play him on Sunday against the Connecticut Whale in Hartford, Conn. If he plays Sunday, that gives the Flyers an extra day to make a roster decision.

As it stands now, the Flyers have $556,876 in cap space (per When Leighton is healthy enough to come off the long-term injured list (LTIR), his cap hit will be $1.555 million, which means Holmgren will have to make a move.

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