Flyers goalie needs surgery

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton needs surgery on his back and will miss six to eight weeks, the team announced Friday.

Leighton will undergo the procedure -- a partial discectomy -- on Monday at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. Dr. Alex Vacarro will perform the surgery.

On September 28, the Flyers announced that Leighton was suffering from a bulging disc in his back and would miss one month. However, that timeline has been revised, as Leighton was placed on long-term injured reserve earlier this week.

A journeyman netminder, Leighton found a home with the Flyers last year, stepping in after injuries felled Ray Emery and Brian Boucher. He went 16-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average in 27 regular-season games, then was 8-3 with a 2.46 GAA and three shutouts in the playoffs.


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