In an Effort to Save the Season, the Flyers Have Recalled Michael Leighton

In an Effort to Save the Season, the Flyers Have Recalled Michael Leighton
March 9, 2013, 4:23 pm
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"Like Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans, HE WILL FIND US." -- Jon Stewart

Following their 3-0 loss to Boston on Saturday, the Flyers recalled Michael Leighton and reassigned Brian Boucher to the far reaches of northern New York.

Lord Voldemort started the season as the Flyers' backup goaltender but was placed on injured reserve on Feb. 10 after sustaining a UBI in practice. In his only action, Leighton stopped just 21 of 26 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Lightning.

Boucher made four appearances for the Flyers thereafter, three of which came in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov. Boosh -- as lovable as he is and a Flyer-for-life -- did nothing in those four appearances to convince the fans or the organization that he has much left in the tank.

This all takes us back to Bryzgalov, who leads the league in games played (24) but now owns a horrid .899 save percentage and has evidenced a genuine inability to stop anyone one-on-one.

Consequently, it's possible Leighton gets the nod in net Sunday at Buffalo. The call-up would seem to suggest that's in the cards. Posts are unlikely to be hugged.

We mentioned earlier this week
that the Flyers need to re-evaluate their personnel in an effort to better help Bryzgalov. Though it seems doubtful, the team has to hope Leighton will be able to spell him every now and again. If not, we're likely in for more of the same, with Bryz's games-played total climbing as his save percentage continues to plummet. In either case, they're in a bad place right now.

Cue amnesty considerations and watch this video, which is specifically included for the 2:20 mark.


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