PHILADELPHIA - MAY 16: Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Goaltender Michael Leighton Clears Waivers, Will Be Sent To AHL

There's a log jam in the crease of the Philadelphia Flyers, and the goalie who led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals just a few months ago, Michael Leighton, is the odd man out.

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Michael Leighton Clears Waivers, Will Report To AHL's Adirondack Phantoms

It looked as though the New York Islanders might claim goaltender Michael Leighton off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers, as their only NHL-caliber netminder is the injury prone Rick DiPietro. That didn't happen. 

Leighton cleared waivers today, and the Flyers will send him to the AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Here's more from our Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey:

The goalie has cleared waivers and will report to Glens Falls, where he could suit up as early as tomorrow night against Albany. He was seen packing his bags in the locker room after practice today. 

Leighton will still get paid his full salary, but he's removed from the Flyers' capped payroll. With Erik Gustafsson back on the Phantoms, and assuming Leighton is officially assigned before 5 p.m. today, the Flyers are actually just barely under the salary cap by $4,262 per day, according to our Geoff Detweiler

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