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Flyers activate Leighton

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 6:59 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers activated goalie Michael Leighton after Tuesday night's 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Leighton, who had back surgery in early October and was then experiencing lower left leg soreness, joins Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher on the roster as the Flyers go with three goaltenders for the time being.

GM Paul Holmgren also said that before the game that defenseman Matt Walker will have surgery on Thursday for "a cam-impingement in his left hip and also a little bit of a labral debridement. We're looking at 4-6 weeks."

The tough news for Holmgren is that he had to put Ian Laperriere on long-term injured reserve in order to free up the roster spot and just enough room under the salary cap room for Leighton.

The Flyers are at the maximum 23 players on the active roster (3 goals, 7 defensemen, 13 forwards) and at the salary cap ceiling, so outside of sending Bobrovsky down to Adirondack (not going to happen) they would have to put a player on long-term injured reserve, make a trade or put someone on waivers to call up a player for their AHL affiliate.

With Leighton on the long-term injured list, they had enough money in salary to play with in order to call someone up, but now that's gone because Leighton makes more money than Laperriere.

"I think if I knew Ian was coming back I wouldn't be so reluctant but I have doubts he's going to come back," Holmgren said.

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

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