Leighton out one month with bulging disc

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Nikolai Kulemin scores a goal on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael...

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Nikolai Kulemin scores a goal on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton during the second period of NHL ice hockey action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton will miss one month of action with a bulging disc in his back.

Leighton was pulled out of Saturday's 4-3 preseason victory over the Maple Leafs with the injury and underwent several tests before general manager Paul Holmgren made an announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

Acquired off waivers from Carolina last December, Leighton ended up being an important part of a Flyers team that surprisingly advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals before falling in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 27 regular season games for Philadelphia last season, Leighton went 16-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average. He was 8-3 in 14 playoff games.

Additionally, Holmgren announced that checking line specialist Ian Laperriere will be out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms related to last season. He was injured in the conference quarterfinals against New Jersey, taking a slap shot to the face. He missed several games, but returned in the Eastern Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals.


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