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Leighton Speaks with the Media

Thursday, 03.18.2010 / 6:43 PM / News
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Leighton Speaks with the Media
Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin checks out Michael Leighton during the Flyers' game in Nashville on March 16, 2010. (Getty Images)
(Philadelphia, PA) – Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton will miss the next 8-to-10 weeks due to a severe high left ankle sprain, club general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Thursday. Leighton was hurt in the 4-3 Flyers shootout loss to Nashville on March 16, leaving the game in the first period, and had an MRI at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia today.

Leighton took part in a brief conference call with the media today following the announcement. Below is a transcript of the call.

Audio: Leighton conference call
FlyersTV: How it happened

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Q: How do you feel right now, and what are your emotions?
 
Michael Leighton: “Well, I’m obviously disappointed. I knew when I first did it, it hurt pretty bad. I wasn’t sure what the severity was until I got the MRI. It’s a disappointment, but I’m still trying to stay positive as much as I can. I have a lot of confidence in our team, that we’re going to do well. To say that my season is done, I don’t really know if that’s true or not, but I’m just trying to stay positive as much as I can and hope that the team does really well and I get another chance.”
 
Q: Did they say to you today after the MRI that 8-to-10 weeks was normal, but there was a chance there could be less than that?
 
ML: “I think 8-10 was just what the doctor that read the MRI kind of said. I’m going to see a specialist tomorrow that’s going to give me more information. Hopefully, it’s good news and I hear that things are going to heal up well. I’m going to do as much as I can to make that 8-10 turn into a shorter period of time. Like I said, I’m trying to stay positive and trying not to think that this season is done for me. I want to keep playing, and hopefully the team does well. I have confidence in our team right now.”
 
Q: Have you talked to Brian Boucher?
 
ML: “Not really. I talked to him after the game in Nashville and he kind of just asked me how bad it was. I kind of apologized for putting him in that situation. You never want to put a goalie in that situation, him going in when he’s not ready. I just kind of told him I’m not sure how bad it is, and that’s pretty much where it ended from there. I left Nashville yesterday just kind of saying good luck to the team, and that was about it.”

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