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Oklahoma researchers lose cancer cure in laptop theft

For all those who are a little laid back in backing up data on computers or laptops, this story should serve as an object lesson.

Flyers sign goalie Leighton

Philadelphia -- Goalie Michael Leighton is reported to have signed a two-year contract to stay with Philadelphia, a day before he would have become a free agent. reported Wednesday the deal is worth $3.1 million.

Leighton, 29, helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals, starting the final 13 games after relieving injured goalie Brian Boucher in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston.

He posted an 8-3 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and three shutouts, only to be yanked twice in the finals, which the Flyers lost in six games to Chicago.

Leighton appeared in 27 games in the regular season after being claimed off waivers from Carolina in December. He went 16-5-2 with a 2.48 GAA.

Flyers' Laperriere out for playoffs

Philadelphia -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere will probably miss the rest of the playoffs after being hit in the head with a puck, the team said Tuesday.

Laperriere suffered a mild concussion and a contusion of the brain when he was struck above his right eye during Thursday's series-clinching Eastern Conference quarterfinal victory over New Jersey.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said Laperriere was spared surgery after being examined Tuesday by Dr. Joseph Maroon, chief neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh.

"I think this is significant," Holmgren said. "They saw a spot right there (on his brain) initially, and I think they were hoping, like we all were, that it would dissipate a little bit.

Flyers' Carter, Gagne to have surgery

Philadelphia -- Philadelphia Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will undergo surgery and miss significant playing time, team officials said Wednesday.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said both of the star forwards will undergo foot surgery in Philadelphia, with Carter out indefinitely and Gagne expected to miss at least three weeks.

That would definitely put them out of action for the rest of the Flyers' current Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series with the New Jersey Devils, which Philadelphia leads 3-1, and for quite awhile beyond that.

"Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will both have right foot surgery on Friday performed by Dr. Steve Raikin in Philadelphia to repair fractures," Holmgren said.