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Michael Leighton Went AWOL After Game 6?

According to Anthony SanFilippo – and denied by Paul Holmgren and Peter Luuko – Michael Leighton left the team after being pulled from Game 6 and did not show up to practice on Tuesday.

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If true, there are a number of questions raised: Does Leighton have a future in the organization? Was he allowed to take the day off, and this is a bad source? Was he asked to leave due to his attitude? And most importantly: Was it unfair for Peter Laviolette to put the weight of Leighton’s career on his shoulders before Game 6?

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Say what you will about Leighton – and I certainly have said a lot – and of this story, but it’s hard to fault a guy for being upset at himself when he never should have started in the first place.