Philadelphia Flyers Should Keep Sergei Bobrovsky and Trade Michael Leighton

Chris SchaeferContributor INovember 2, 2010

So long Leighton
So long LeightonBruce Bennett/Getty Images

When it comes to the Flyer’s goalie situation, two’s company, three’s a crowd.  The Philadelphia Flyers no longer need Michael Leighton.  Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has passed the probationary period.  Brian Boucher can step in and get the job done if need be as he proved not only in his first stint with the Flyers, but last season as well. 

When Leighton comes off the IR soon, the Flyers have a decision to make.

If they were smart, they would part ways with Michael Leighton as soon as possible. 

Sure, he had a good run last year but why keep him around?  Bobrovsky is the starter.  Bobrovsky is the man.

On Wednesday, June 9th 2010, Michael Leighton sealed his fate in the orange and black.  Patick Kane’s goal at 4:06 in the overtime session of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals should be the last straw. 

It’s a vision I can’t shake from my head. 

An odd angle shot that should’ve easily been turned aside by Leighton, snuck past him and the Chicago Blackhawks raised the cup for the first time since 1961.

How can I forget it?  How can I forgive it? 

I can’t. 

The Flyers perfected their squad in the off-season and part of the upgrade took place between the pipes.

Yes, the Flyers signed Leighton to a two-year, 3.1 million-dollar deal.  Yes, we all thought that Leighton would be our starter.  But, things change. 

The emergence of Sergei Bobrovsky has turned a few heads in Philadelphia and he has made people forget about Michael Leighton’s services.  Things are good now; we’re getting along fine without him.  The Flyers won four straight and they’re not looking back.

Sergei Bobrovsky is the answer.  His confidence is high and he’s coming into his own one game at a time.  He covers a lot of crease, and flies from pipe to pipe quicker than Whitney Houston.  He handed Pittsburgh a loss in the first game at their new arena on the seventh, then returned 22 days later with the same results.  “Bob” doesn’t mess around and he’s not giving up the starting duties without a fight. 

The Novokuznetsk, USSR native is making a place for himself in the NHL, specifically as a Flyer. Things go in waves, so I’m sure he’ll have a few bad games.  But we have Boucher to step in if that happens.  There is no need for Leighton to stick around.

With the play of Claude Giroux this season, Jeff Carter is now expendable too.  Perhaps the Flyers will take this opportunity to move both Leighton and Carter and pick up a high-powered winger?   Only time will tell.


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