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Michael Leighton on Waivers. Petr Prucha on re-entry waivers [both clear]

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01-03-2011, 01:00 PM
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He had a back injury that went untreated over the summer because he didn't want to jeopardize his contract. As a result, and as I said, it was an injury that couldn't even get him through pre-season.
Right, I'm following you on that. Your first post said he should have been honest about his injury, why should he have done that?

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01-03-2011, 01:01 PM
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Islanders are close to the cap floor, and do not have a backup goaltender signed for next season. If they still have some guys they want to trade for draft picks, they need others to keep them above the floor, presumably wanting them for next season. Do the Islanders have a goaltender in the minors they project will be on the team as a backup to the brittle Rick DiPietero next year? They're still trying to compete like the other 29 NHL teams, and also cannot trust him to stay healthy, even for the rest of this year.
Why pickup a backup goaltender for $1.5M when there will be a ton of guys available in the offseason? There a lot of UFA goalies this year, and I doubt the market will be that much better than it was for the goalies last year.

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Right, I'm following you on that. Your first post said he should have been honest about his injury, why should he have done that?
So that it could have been handled. And because it wasn't, he lost the opportunity to hold on to the starting job. He's got no one to blame but himself.

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Hope someone takes him. The Flyers could use the cap space and the roster spots. Especially if they end up making deadline moves or UFA pickups.

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What would a year be without Leighton on the waiver wire?
2005?

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So that it could have been handled. And because it wasn't, he lost the opportunity to hold on to the starting job. He's got no one to blame but himself.
I'm sure it would have been handled, either by him not getting a contract or one for significantly less.

He made the smart move for himself.

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01-03-2011, 01:05 PM
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total lack of respect from the Flyers organization, IMO.

Thanks Mike for bringing us to the Stanley Cup Finals.

They should at least have given him a chance to get his job back.
He was given the biggest contract of his career. That's his reward for being on the team that went to the SCF.

Gagne played a far bigger role then Leighton, at least in the post-season, and he was traded for peanuts.

Leighton also lied about being injured.

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total lack of respect from the Flyers organization, IMO.

Thanks Mike for bringing us to the Stanley Cup Finals.

They should at least have given him a chance to get his job back.
I get the feeling you have a Darwin Award in your future

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Why pickup a backup goaltender for $1.5M when there will be a ton of guys available in the offseason? There a lot of UFA goalies this year, and I doubt the market will be that much better than it was for the goalies last year.
If they're all going to make the same thing, then what's the difference? If they want to keep trading guys for draft picks, they need people to keep them above the cap floor. Last I saw was an unconfirmed number that they're just over $1M over the floor. If they see someone else they like they can still waive Leighton anyways.

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I'm sure it would have been handled, either by him not getting a contract or one for significantly less.

He made the smart move for himself.
He made the smart move for himself? There's a decent chance he's going to end up where he was 14 months ago: in the AHL.

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as a leafs fan id take Prucha at half then waive wilsons step son john mitchell please?

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Claim him Anaheim, just so we can see those cool pads from 06 again

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Sabres should make a claim. He's better than Lalime and Miller needs rest.
I just don't see the numbers working.
We will be paying Lalime $600k whether he's playing in the NHL or not, so why pick up $1.5m extra for a goaltender who can't even stay in the NHL?
Not only would we adding the extra salary this year, but there's a second year on the contract which makes it even more terrible.
On top of it all, we have two goaltenders that are doing perfectly fine in the AHL and no affiliates to assign anyone to.

Last year's Vezina winner Ryan Miller has a GAA of almost 4.00 and an .875 SV% over the back half of his 15 game starting streak.
Just imagining Leighton behind our defense gives me nightmares.

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01-03-2011, 01:13 PM
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He made the smart move for himself? There's a decent chance he's going to end up where he was 14 months ago: in the AHL.
Yes, there's a decent chance he'll end up there making 2.5x the amount of money he was the last time he was there.

There would have been a decent chance that's where he would be going anyway had he disclosed his back injury early.

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Yes, there's a decent chance he'll end up there making 2.5x the amount of money he was the last time he was there.

There would have been a decent chance that's where he would be going anyway had he disclosed his back injury early.
No, he was going to be given the chance to start. Had Leighton got treatment, and been healthy in pre-season, barring injury, Bobrovsky never happens.

And when Leighton signed the contract roughly 2 weeks after playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, I don't think he was thinking that he'd be content riding buses for what might end up being the worst team in AHL history 6 months later.

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San Jose should claim him and waive Nitty.

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Since everyone else seems to be advocating for their team to pick Leighton up...

Ottawa should pick him up. He can play #1C until Spezza's back!

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isles shouldnt, nathan lawson can take up backup duties, leighton would just be another injury prone goaltender.

prucha on the other hand...

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No, he was going to be given the chance to start. Had Leighton got treatment, and been healthy in pre-season, barring injury, Bobrovsky never happens.

And when Leighton signed the contract roughly 2 weeks after playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, I don't think he was thinking that he'd be content riding buses for what might end up being the worst team in AHL history 6 months later.
Really? That's why the Flyers were looking into Nabokov and Turco during the offseason. Leighton comes into negotiations with talks about a back injury and there's a good chance he either signs for a whole lot less or Turco ends up with job.

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Really? That's why the Flyers were looking into Nabokov and Turco during the offseason. Leighton comes into negotiations with talks about a back injury and there's a good chance he either signs for a whole lot less or Turco ends up with job.
Turco turned the Flyers down.

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Really? That's why the Flyers were looking into Nabokov and Turco during the offseason. Leighton comes into negotiations with talks about a back injury and there's a good chance he either signs for a whole lot less or Turco ends up with job.
True, but if you sign a contract, you shouldn't be withholding information that could change the complexion of the deal. Leighton tried to pull a fast one on the Flyers. He got the payoff, but I for one wouldn't trust him anymore after that.

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Really? That's why the Flyers were looking into Nabokov and Turco during the offseason. Leighton comes into negotiations with talks about a back injury and there's a good chance he either signs for a whole lot less or Turco ends up with job.
1) Both Turco and Nabokov turned down the Flyers offers.

2) Holmgren didn't explore free agency and any "attempt" he made at signing a goalie was very feeble. He threw a couple of low-ball offers at Turco and Nabokov before free agency even began and then signed Leighton as the starter...before free agency even began.

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I'm sure it would have been handled, either by him not getting a contract or one for significantly less.

He made the smart move for himself.
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... He made the smart move for himself? There's a decent chance he's going to end up where he was 14 months ago: in the AHL.
I'm with Ishad on this. $3.1M minus taxes vs nothing/less. The guy best season - playoffs included - is 41 games and he is not exactly a good goalie. Made the most of this opportunity.

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Lightning should grab him.

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Islanders should, but they wont. It looks like they are tanking already. Leafs shouldn't because they have 3 now. Maybe Carolina. . . ?

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...Why?
He isn't the sharpest tool.

Prucha might get a look at. He should be picked up...

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