Flyers recall Boucher, place Leighton on IR

Flyers recall Boucher, place Leighton on IR
February 10, 2013, 2:45 pm
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The Flyers on Sunday recalled goaltender Brian Boucher from the Adirondack Phantoms and placed backup netminder Michael Leighton on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com that Leighton sustained the injury in Friday's practice and will miss 7-10 days.

Boucher, who was acquired by the Flyers in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 13, has started six games for the Phantoms this season, compiling a 2-4 record, .908 save percentage and 2.71 goals-against average.

Ilya Bryzgalov has started 11 of 12 games for the Flyers this season, posting a 5-5-1 record, .921 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average.

Boucher could see time this week with back-to-back games against Toronto and Winnipeg scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. The Flyers also make back-to-back stops in New Jersey and Montreal on Friday and Saturday.

The 36-year-old Boucher is in his fourth stint with the Flyers' organization.

Boucher struggled with injury last season, appearing in just 10 games for the Hurricanes. He went just 1-6-1 with an .881 save percentage and 3.41 goals-against average in those contests.

During the NHL lockout, Boucher practiced at the Flyers' facility in Vorhees.

Leighton has not played since the Flyers' 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 27.