Leighton clears re-entry waivers

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that goaltender Michael Leighton cleared re-entry waivers and will report to the club later today.

Leighton has made just one NHL appearance this season, allowing all four goals in a 7-4 victory at Los Angeles on December 30.

He went 14-12-3 with a 2.22 goals-against average, five shutouts and a .923 save percentage for an awful Adirondack Phantoms club.

Multiple sources in the region have reported via Twitter and other means that Leighton will accompany the Flyers to Buffalo for their game on Friday night. Several sources suggest the 29-year-old may start that game, or the club’s season finale on Saturday in Philadelphia against the New York Islanders.

The goaltending situation, namely, who will be the starter and who might pick up the slack due to ineffectiveness or injury, has once more been muddled. Again, several sources, including CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio, have indicated recently that Sergei Bobrovsky will at the very least begin the postseason as the starting netminder.

Due to last night’s loss in Ottawa, coupled with wins by Washington and Pittsburgh, the Flyers hold just a one-point lead over the Penguins in the Atlantic Division and are two points behind the Caps for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining.