Will Michael Leighton be a Flyer next season?

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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
season a
bit differently.

“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.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.