Flyers place Leighton, Sestito on waivers

Flyers place Leighton, Sestito on waivers
February 28, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Flyers on Thursday placed Michael Leighton and Tom Sestito on waivers.

In the case of Sestito, the move makes plenty of sense. He has been a healthy scratch for the Flyers since Feb. 11. On a conditioning assignment with the Phantoms, Sestito did suffer a charley horse about a week ago, but has since mostly healed. Playing time in the AHL (if he isn't claimed) will benefit him more than practicing with the Flyers and sitting in the press box during games.

Leighton's situation is a bit more interesting. The goaltender signed by the Flyers over the summer to back up Ilya Bryzgalov injured a finger in practice Feb. 8, and has been on the IR since. Leighton played in just one game this season, a 5-1 loss to the Lightning in Tampa.

Brian Boucher has served as the Flyers' back-up since Leighton's injury, and is expected to remain as such going forward. Only two weeks ago, however, when asked if Boucher had a chance of becoming the Flyers' no. 2, coach Peter Laviolette simply said, "no."

Boucher has appeared in three games for the Flyers, posting a 2.48 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.

Because both earn $900,000 or less, neither will count against the Flyers' cap if they clear waivers.

A source in Edmonton said Sestito might be claimed by the Oilers who are looking for more toughness in their lineup.