Michael Leighton (Oct. 11 back surgery) rotated in and out of the net at Friday’s practice and said he’s been medically cleared to take shots.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said players on long-term injury reserve are permitted up to six days of rehab time in the minors and that he plans on assigning Leighton to the AHL Phantoms next weekend when they play games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We’d like to get him in two or three games,” Holmgren said.
Leighton, who has not played since Sept. 24, is still having some numbness in his leg and welcomes the idea of a rehab stint.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 12-06-2010 at 04:24 PM.
In my personal experience with a similar injury (mine did not require surgery) I went from severe pain to very little pain but numbness in my leg/foot. The numbness lasted for some time and then gradually disappeared until I was pretty much recovered. It could be that Leighton's recovery is taking a similar route.
it's not a setback because homer doesn't know what a spine is
No, what Holmgren said was that Leighton didn't have a "set back", which means it's still messed up. Just like Leighton doesn't have a "set 5-hole" or "set basic positioning on ridiculous Cup-winning shots".
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have loaned 6-3, 186-lb goaltender Michael Leighton to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, for a six-day conditioning period, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Leighton, 29 (5/19/81), is in his ninth NHL season, his third with the Flyers. The native of Petrolia, Ontario signed a two-year contract extension on June 30, 2010. He underwent back surgery on October 11, a partial discectomy, performed by Dr. Alex Vacarro at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 11-30-2010 at 04:14 PM.