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Daily Times beat writer Anthony J. SanFilippo takes you inside the locker rooms of the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL.

Monday, January 3, 2011


The Flyers made a bold move and placed Michael Leighton on waivers today.

(To hear audio of Paul Holmgren talking about this move go here.)

That temporarily solves the logjam in goal on the current roster.

A move was expected - and smartly the Flyers chose to move Leighton, who was the most expendable at the time, never mind what he did for the team last season that earned him that brand-spanking new two-year contract last summer.

The move is certainly injury-related. Leighton played his first official game since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last week and looked very shaky in a 7-4 Flyers' win in Los Angeles.

His back surgery and subsequent problems with his leg have certainly slowed him up.

Unable to trade him - and there were/are teams in need of cheap goaltending - the Flyers had no choice but to waive him, and hope he clears waivers so they can send him to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

Ultimately, at this point, the plan is to go with red-hot Brian Boucher, who improved to 7-1-1 in his last nine starts Sunday with a 3-2 win in Detroit on his 34th birthday, and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been dealing with confidence issues since his red hot start to the season.

Boucher is in the last year of his deal and Leighton is signed for next year. Likely, Leighton will spend the rest of the year with the Phantoms and then be brought back as a backup to Bobrovsky next season as Boucher becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Leighton got that start in L.A. as the Flyers tried to determine what the best course of action would be for their goaltending dilemma.

If he had a good-to-great game, he would have either increased his trade value - and maybe Tampa Bay would have traded for him rather than Dwayne Roloson, or maybe the FLyers would have sent Bobrovsky to the Phantoms to get him some needed work in low-pressure situations while Leighton and Boucher shared NHL duties.

However, Leighton didn't perform well against the Kings, and if anything, hurt his value with at least two horrible goals against.

This left the Flyers little choice but to waive him.

If he's claimed during the waiver process, the claiming team will be responsible for his entire contract. If he goes unclaimed, he will be sent to the Phantoms and can only be brought back to the Flyers if he cleared waivers a second time - this time with teams being able to get him at half-price with the Flyers on the hook for the other half of the salary (remember Randy Jones?)

Paul Holmgren will address this problem later today and I will have audio available immediately here on the blog through my twitter feed (@anthonysan37) to the right.

Stay tuned.


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