Flyers among all-star leaders; Carcillo returns to practice

     Despite not being on the all-star ballot, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and center Claude Giroux continue to get strong support as write-in candidates.

    In voting results released Monday night, Bobrovsky is second among goalies, behind Montreal's Carey Price, while Giroux is ninth among forwards. Mike Richards is seventh.

   Overall, the three leading write-in vote-getters are Price (145,726 votes), Bobrovsky (116,725) and Giroux (103,620).

  If the voting ended today, the Flyers' Chris Pronger would be one of the two starting defensemen. Pronger is second, behind Chicago's Duncan Keith. Kimmo Timonen is the fifth-leading defenseman.

   The all-star game is Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.

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   Goalie Michael Leighton is making progress and could go on an AHL rehab assignment shortly. When he is healthy enough to play with the Flyers, the team will probbaly have to choose between him and Brian Boucher as Bobrovsky's backup.

   As it stands now, the Flyers don't have enough cap space to carry three goalies, but they could get room if someone (Ian Laperriere?) is placed on the LTIR list.

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   Winger Dan Carcillo returned to practice Monday for the first time since he sprained his left knee against Ottawa on Nov. 15. The question is, when he is ready for game action, will there be room for him in the Flyers' lineup.

   Since Carcillo has been sidelined, wingers Andreas Nodl, James van Riemsdyk and Nik Zherdev have picked up their games.

   Richards and Giroux were given Monday off. The Flyers host Boston on Wednesday.