Leighton sent on conditioning assignment

Goalie Michael Leighton had surgery in October to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

The Flyers have loaned goaltender Michael Leighton to Adirondack, their AHL affilifate, for a six-day conditioning assignment, general manager Paul Holmgren said today.

Leighton has progressed steadily since first returning to practice on Nov. 10 after having surgery on Oct. 11 to repair a herniated disk in his lower back.

Under the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Flyers can send Leighton to the minors for a conditioning stint no longer than either 6 days or three games, since Leighton was on the long-term injured reserve list.

Leighton won’t have to travel far if he is to skate with the Phantoms this weekend, since they will be in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night before staying over in Voorhees, N.J., in advance of their Sunday game against Albany at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

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