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Flyers call up Boucher, put Leighton on IR

Brian Boucher

RE CROP OF NYDD107 Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher talks with referee Paul Devorski (10) about an equipment problem after he removed his mask after a shot by Buffalo Sabres’ Tyler Ennis (63) during the third period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series against the Buffalo Sabres, in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, April 18, 2011. The Flyers won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


The Philadelphia Flyers exchanged one familiar backup for another on Sunday, recalling Brian Boucher from the minors while Michael Leighton was placed on the injured reserve.

Philly GM Paul Holmgren told that Leighton, 31, is expected to miss 7-10 days with an upper-body injury.

It’s tough to see Leighton’s absence as too significant since Ilya Bryzgalov has played 11 out of the Flyers’ 12 games, but the team has two back-to-backs (Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Saturday) coming up this week.

With that in mind, it’s likely that Boucher, 36, will enjoy a third stint with the franchise that drafted him 22nd overall way back in 1995. He’s been warming up the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL, going 2-4 with a .908 save percentage and 2.71 GAA.