Flyers Leighton Out, Boucher to Start

| by Off The Record

The Philadelphia Flyers seem to be the new Phillies when talking about injuries. First, goalie Michael Leighton had some soreness in his back and he’d be okay. Then, he’d probably miss a month because it was a herniated disc. Now, he needs surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks, according to the team.

“The pain kind of jumped to a new level,” Leighton said Friday.

He said he originally injured the back last year and it’s been giving him some problems for a while.

“I feel bad for him because, for once, he had a chance to be a No. 1 somewhere,” center Danny Briere said after Friday’s practice. “But that’s the sad reality of hockey.”

Earlier reports were that Sergei Bobrovsky would be the new starting goalie, but that apparently was nonsense. The Flyers just announced that Brian Boucher would be the starter Saturday in St. Louis as they take on the Blues.

“Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette just announced that Brian Boucher gets the start tonight,” says a tweet from @NHLFlyers.

That makes perfect sense since Bobrovsky played well against the Pittsburgh Penguins.