Hitting the posts: 10.01.10

“Hitting the posts” is a weekly roundup of links to hockey stories from across the web. If you have any suggestions for articles that we should use, hit us up here. Welcome to October, folks. Flyers greats heap praise upon the ’10 team :: NHL.com Andrej Meszaros thinks there will be less pressure here than in Tampa, Flyers expect big things from Meszaros, both may be in for a surprise :: Daily News How did the Flyers discover Sergei Bobrovsky? Easy, Neil Little didn’t scout him :: CSN Philly Ronnybrook dispels the myth of Nikolai Zherdev’s enigma :: Ronnybrook Hockey Adam Proteau …

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.

What should the Flyers do with Bobrovsky?

Michael Leighton is injured and Sergei Bobrovsky as been our best goalie in the preseason. Bobrovsky has opened some eyes and shown that he should be able to play in the NHL. Is he ready, though? On one hand, he is not familiar with the all of the NHL rules, is still adjusting to playing in a smaller rink, and cannot communicate with his teammates. On the other hand, he’s quick, athletic, and the bottom line is that he can make saves. Feel free to leave a comment explaining your thoughts.

There’s no reason to panic

Since Michael Leighton was re-signed, both Flyers writers and fans worried about the team’s goaltending situation. Now that Michael Leighton has a back injury, people are once again concerned about the Flyers goalies. I don’t see much of a reason to worry. Perhaps GM Paul Holmgren is not being completely honest and, when Leighton is set to hit the ice again on Thursday, we’ll find out that he’s not ready yet. So it goes. When it comes to injuries, the comments of Holmgren, much like those of other people in his position, are intentionally vague and open-ended. Let’s not read …

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.