Flyers goalie Michael Leighton sidelined up to eight weeks by ankle injury

Author:
Publish date:

DALLAS - The Philadelphia Flyers will be without starting goalie Michael Leighton for at least eight weeks because of a high ankle sprain.

Leighton was injured Tuesday night in a 4-3 shootout loss at Nashville.

An MRI on Thursday revealed the extent of the injury, which will sideline Leighton for the rest of the regular season and at least the opening round of the playoffs. Brian Boucher got the start Thursday night against Dallas.

Rookie backup Jeremy Duchesne awaits his NHL debut. Duchesne was called up from Adirondack of the AHL on Wednesday.

Leighton, acquired on waivers from Carolina on Dec. 15, 2009, became the primary starter after Ray Emery sustained a season-ending hip injury in February. Leighton has an 8-5-2 record and 2.83 goals-against for Philadelphia.

TOP HEADLINES

Mat Barzal
Play

The NHL's Top 10 Best RFAs Still on the Market

With Mikhail Sergachev off the table, here's a look at the 10 best RFAs still available.

USATSI_14943950_168393428_lowres
Play

Despite Recent Outbreaks, NHL Season Can Run 'Relatively Smoothly'

Two teams have had outbreaks of COVID-19, leagues have shut down and Canada's World Junior camp has paused, but that doesn't mean the NHL is doomed to fail when it returns.

R7W_8650
Play

Canada's World Junior Team Heads Into Quarantine

The teens will have 14 long days ahead of them, but Hockey Canada staffers are hoping they can make the best of a bad situation.