Philadelphia Flyers lost Michael Leighton late in the first period of Wednesday March 16, 2010 game against Nashville Predators. Leighton was making a save and fell backwards onto his leg. Leighton later said he heard a “pop” noise while falling. A pop noise is never good in an injury. This could possibly be ligaments or tendons, which take weeks to heal.
Michael Leighton was later diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. After the game, he was placed in a hard cast for his ankle. This left the Flyers with backup goalie Brian Boucher to come into the game. In recent starts for Boucher, the very first shot has meant a goal for the opposing team. In Nashville, it continued again.
Some officials are guessing that he will be out a few weeks. I for one am not comfortable with Boucher behind the net long term, or even short term. Could Robert Esche be the answer? What is to happen if Esche is brought in, and we find out Leighton is out for the season? Could this have been avoided with a trade being made for a goalie at the trade deadline? I for one hope this is a case of “It’s not as bad as we thought it was originally. “ Our chances were against us with Leighton I feel. With Boucher taking over I would not want to even picture what could possibly come out of the remainder of our season. I hope I am proven wrong in the long run.
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