Remember Michael Leighton?
The Flyers goaltender who many recall as the man who anchored an unbelievable ride to the Stanley Cup Final last Spring was last in action in a preseason game against the Toronto Maple Leafs this year before taking himself out of the game with a sore back. That sore back turned out to be a herniated disc in his lumbar region, something that required surgery and has kept Leights out of regular season action so far this season.
However, Michael Leighton is returning.
According to reports from CSNPhilly.com‘s Tim Panaccio and the Philadelphia Daily News‘ Frank Seravalli, Leighton will begin skating again this week at practice with the Flyers. Panaccio says Leighton began some light skating over the Halloween weekend at the Skate Zone, and is aiming for a return right around Thanksgiving in a Flyers uniform. The goal right now, according to Panaccio, is for Leighton to return to practice by November 20. Back injuries are always difficult for goaltenders to deal with and it’s tough to get excited about Leighton making a return until we officially see him out on the ice sliding post to post and making the necessary cuts in the crease he’ll need to make to stop pucks in a National Hockey League game.
While Leighton’s return will undoubtedly bring about another goaltending controversy as to who is the starter in Philadelphia, it’s never a bad thing to have too many options. We all remember what Leighton did for this franchise last spring. There’s no reason not to wish him a continued speedy recovery in the hopes that he can come back and be just as effective this season.
Check out Panaccio’s full article here: FLYERS’ LEIGHTON GETS BACK ON THE ICE