Leighton’s Role in Philadelphia

by Erin

After the injury to Brian Boucher took him out of the lineup early in the playoffs, the Flyers looked to Michael Leighton to protect the net, and give the team a chance to win. Leighton exceeded expectations, putting together two shutouts, and helping them overcome a 3-0 series deficit, on the way to the NHL Finals.

But with rumors surrounding Boucher’s return, Leighton’s future is naturally in question. The soon-to-be free agent is waiting until the season is over to make any decisions, but hopes for stability in his next contract, whether or not it be with the Flyers.

I am confident that the Flyers will handle the situation well, and do whatever is bets for the team, but it is a little sad to think that the goaltender who has been such a large part of the team’s success, in the most crucial part of the season, could be with another team in 2011. it’s the way the business works, but hopefully Leighton can help bring Philadelphia a championship and cement his place in the team’s history.

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2 Responses to “Leighton’s Role in Philadelphia”

  1. Silver and Green on May 27th, 2010 3:17 pm

    No way Leighton leaves the net right now. Boosh did a great job but right now it’s Leighton’s net. The future can be figured out after we win a cup!

  2. Marcus on May 29th, 2010 1:55 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that Leighton will stay in net. However, Boucher is healthy enough to play, I think he will dress. Let us not forget that game 5 in Boston when it was Leighton’s first game back and we ended up needing him because Boucher got injured. I do also think that Leighton has played himself into a contract, throughout the whole season he has been our best goalie especially when Boucher was struggling mightily during the regular season.

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