Happy October, folks

Only six days until the Flyers’ season opener at Pittsburgh, so I thought I’d warm up everyone’s blood with some old-school preseason brawl action between the Orange and Black and the Broadway Blueshirts. It happened 25 years ago today.

Leighton has bulging disc

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren revealed at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that goaltender Michael Leighton has a bulging disc in his back. He is expected to miss one month with the injury. The bulge wasn’t discovered until Leighton was sent for a second opinion late yesterday and for a third opinion this morning.

No Panic on Broad Street: Leighton’s back issue minor

Several sources on Monday afternoon indicate that goaltender Michael Leighton’s back injury is not as severe as indicated. The Flyers issued a statement saying Leighton will miss a few days with a back strain, and will be re-evaluated at the end of the week. Leighton had been forced to exit Friday’s exhibition game prior to the shootout after aggravating a previous back issue.

Flyers top Devils in SO; successful preseason debut

Mike Richards tallied the game-winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped the Devils’ final chance in the fourth round of the shootout as Philadelphia topped New Jersey, 4-3, in the preseason opener for both clubs. Darroll Powe and Jeff Carter tallied in the first period and Danny Briere notched the game-tying goal in the third period for the Flyers, who are coming off a Stanley Cup appearance. Michael Leighton played two periods and allowed three goals on 23 shots, while Bobrovsky halted all seven he faced in the third period and overtime. He fended off a shot from Jacob Josefson to lock …

Flyers’ stockpiling makes Guerin signing more difficult than it should be

I realize that none of us has the inside knowledge of the game, or the experience of an NHL general manager, but I have a couple questions that need to be answered. What would you do if you knew there was a free agent forward, already deemed expendable by his club before the season concludes, who has won two Stanley Cups and will most likely be playing for his final contract? Would you sit idly by and let 29 other teams get a crack at him while you stockpile bodies for depth just because of his salary? Or would you take the opportunity and …