The Flyers have loaned goalie Michael Leighton to Adirondack, their AHL affiliate, for a 6-day conditioning assignment.

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.

The Flyers will be forced to make a roster move when he returns from the conditioning assignment.

All-Star tallies

Chris Pronger is second among all defensemen in votes for the NHL All-Star Game, according to the totals after 2 weeks.

With 137,549, Pronger trails Chicago's Duncan Keith by nine votes.

Kimmo Timonen is fifth with 110,599 votes.

Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is second to Montreal's Carey Price, trailing by about 29,000 votes. Both players are write-ins and were left off the original ballot.

Mike Richards has the most votes among Flyers forwards, at 107,322, good for seventh overall. *