If I were a betting man, I would say that the chances of Michael
Leighton returning to the Philadelphia Flyers next season are slim.
making just $600,000 last season, and helping lead the Flyers to the
Stanley Cup finals, Leighton will be an unrestricted free agent this
summer. Judging by the comments of Leighton yesterday as well as GM Mike
Holmgren, it seems the player and the team may be approaching next
“I enjoyed my time here, I
enjoyed the guys and the organization,” he
said. “It’s kind of up to the team. I’ve still got to meet with Homer
and talk it over.”
Stating his case later, he added, “There’s not too many goalies that
make it to the Stanley Cup finals.”
Holmgren danced around the
question when asked if he considered Leighton
a No. 1 goalie.
“You can’t argue with his record and numbers when he had an opportunity
to play,” Holmgren said.
The Flyers aren’t exactly
hard up against the cap next year, with about $9 million in cap space
left with 16 players under contract. That’s not bad, but there is still
players like Braydon Coburn, Ryan Parent, Dan Carcillo and Aaron Asham
to consider as well as they enter free agency.
With Brian Boucher
still under contract for next season, you wonder if the Flyers will be
looking elsewhere at goaltender next season; especially if Leighton’s
asking price skyrockets.
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With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.