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49 Michael Leighton G
Height/Weight: 6-3/192 | Birthdate: 5/19/1981 | Birthplace: Petrolia, Ontario, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: $900,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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8/19/2013

Michael Leighton, G, CLB

Michael Leighton

Leighton Leaves Blue Jackets

News: Michael Leighton has signed a one-year deal with Donbass Donetsk of the KHL, Rob Mixer of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Analysis: The Flyers traded Michael Leighton to Columbus at the trade deadline in exchange for Steve Mason, but that's the biggest impact he made last season, seeing NHL action in only one contest. In any case, he's off the journeyman goalie radar for now.

4/4/2013

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Michael Leighton

Leighton Dealt To Columbus

News: The Blue Jackets have traded Steve Mason to the Flyers in exchange for Michael Leighton and a third-round draft pick, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: With Mason headed to Philly, Michael Leighton will now slot in as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup with the Blue Jackets.

3/9/2013

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Recalled From AHL

News: Michael Leighton was recalled from AHL Adirondack on Saturday.
Analysis: The Flyers play the second of back-to-back games Sunday, and with Brian Boucher sent down, perhaps Michael Leighton will get the start against Buffalo. The 31-year-old allowed five goals to the Lightning in his lone start of the year back on Jan. 27.

2/28/2013

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Waive Leighton (Finger)

News: Michael Leighton (finger) was waived by the Flyers on Thursday, CSN Philly reports.
Analysis: Signed in the offseason to backup Ilya Bryzgalov, Michael Leighton saw the ice just once, surrendering five goals in a January loss to the Lightning. After injuring his finger Feb. 8, the Flyers turned to Brian Boucher and evidently felt more comfortable naming him the No. 2 goalie rather than waiting on Leighton's uncertain situation.

2/12/2013

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Dealing With Finger Issue

News: Michael Leighton is dealing with a possible fracture in the ring finger on his stick hand, Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Analysis: GM Paul Holmgren noted Monday that Michael Leighton can't grip a stick at this point, with Brian Boucher slated to serve as Ilya Bryzgalov's backup in the meantime.

2/10/2013

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Place Leighton On IR

News: The Flyers have placed Michael Leighton on injured reserve with an upper body injury, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: There's no word yet on the specific nature of Michael Leighton's injury -- or how long he will be out -- but the Flyers have recalled Brian Boucher to serve as Ilya Bryzgalov's backup for the time being.

1/27/2013

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Lets In Five In Loss

News: Michael Leighton gave up five goals on 26 shots in a loss to the Lightning on Sunday.
Analysis: This is Michael Leighton's first start on the season. While there may be concerns about Ilya Bryzgalov at times, Leighton is not a real threat to his job.

1/27/2013

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton To Start Sunday

News: Michael Leighton will start in goal Sunday against the Lightning, Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Analysis: Ilya Bryzgalov, who started the first five games of the year, will get a rest. Michael Leighton will make his first start since April 22, 2011.

7/1/2012

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Re-Up Leighton For One Year

News: Michael Leighton has re-signed with Philadelphia for one year and $900,000, according to TSN.ca.
Analysis: He's now second fiddle behind Ilya Bryzgalov now that Bob the goalie has flown the coop. He's a handcuff, at best; draft as such.

4/17/2012

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Michael Leighton

Leighton Joins Philly

News: Michael Leighton has cleared re-entry waivers, according to TSN.
Analysis: Michael Leighton will now join the Flyers as their third goalie as they attempt to get past Pittsburgh in the first road. Leighton will likely only see action in an emergency.

10/3/2011

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Loan Leighton To AHL

News: Michael Leighton has been loaned to Adirondack (AHL), the Flyers' official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: Perhaps a team will come calling about a potential trade when injuries strike later this season, but Michael Leighton appears to be a long way away from NHL duty right now.

9/29/2011

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Michael Leighton

Leighton Waived By Flyers

News: Michael Leighton was waived by the Flyers, Frequent Flyers reports.
Analysis: The former playoff hero (and goat) is unlikely to see any NHL action this season. The Flyers have an impressive goaltending tandem in Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky.

5/10/2011

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Michael Leighton

Philly's Leighton Needs Hip Surgery

News: Leighton will need to undergo hip surgery this offseason, Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli reports.
Analysis: This might be the lower-body injury that Leighton played through towards the end of Philadelphia's playoff run. There's no indication at the moment that his training camp availability is in any danger.

4/29/2011

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Day-to-Day

News: Coach Paul Holmgren said Leighton is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports.
Analysis: Leighton also reportedly skipped practice earlier this week because he was so despondent over his Game 6 performance, so he's got a lot working against him right now. No word yet on who the Flyers will put between the pipes for Game 1 against Boston on Saturday, but chances are it won't be Leighton.

4/28/2011

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Michael Leighton

Leighton Reportedly Leaves Flyers

News: Leighton was reportedly despondent over his Game Six performance and did not show up for practice Monday or Tuesday, according to the Buffalo News.
Analysis: Johan Backlund was the Flyers' third goalie for Game 7 against the Sabres. It's unclear how the Flyers will shuffle their goalies in the second round, but this report doesn't bode well for Leighton.

4/24/2011

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Go With Leighton For Game 6

News: Leighton will get the nod in net for Game 6 on Sunday, Dave G. Isaac of PhillySportsDaily.com reports.
Analysis: Leighton entered Game 5 in the first period after Brian Boucher was chased. He stopped 20 of 21 shots in relief, but the Flyers still lost 4-3 in overtime.

4/22/2011

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Michael Leighton

Flyer's Leighton Strong In Relief Friday

News: Leighton stopped 20 of 21 shots in relief, but the Flyers lost in overtime 4-3 to Buffalo on Friday night.
Analysis: He came into the game late in the first period after starting goaltender Brian Boucher was yanked after giving up three goals on 11 shots. Leighton played solidly and the Flyers eventually tied the game at three to send the game to overtime before losing. It will be interesting to see who starts in goal for the Flyers in Game 6 as Leighton is now the third Philadelphia goalie to play between the pipes in this series.

4/6/2011

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Clears Waivers

News: Leighton has cleared waivers and is expected to join the Flyers on Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Leighton could play Friday night at Buffalo, but beyond that, he merely represents goaltending insurance behind Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher.

4/5/2011

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Recall Leighton

News: The Flyers recalled Leighton from AHL Adirondack on Tuesday, NHL.com reports. He must first clear re-entry waivers before he is eligible to rejoin the team.
Analysis: After helping guide the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final last season, Leighton has appeared in just one NHL game this year. If he goes unclaimed, he'll be eligible to play for Philadelphia in the postseason. He wouldn't be playoff-eligible if a different team claims him, though they would have him under contract next season for just $800,000.

1/4/2011

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Michael Leighton

Philadelphia's Leighton Clears Waivers

News: Leighton cleared waivers Tuesday, the Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports.
Analysis: With this, Leighton appears headed for the AHL. He allowed four goals in his only 2010 showing to this point, so he presumably has some rust to shake off. This arrangement will allow Philadelphia to both get Leighton up to speed and provide a more stable setting to display his trade value.

1/3/2011

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Michael Leighton

Philadelphia's Leighton On Waivers

News: Leighton was placed on waivers Monday, USA Today's Kevin Allen reports.
Analysis: Given his 16-5 record from one year ago, it would be a surprise if Leighton wasn't claimed by some team. Of course, this cements Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher as Philadelphia's first and second goalies, respectively.

12/30/2010

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Wins Season Debut

News: Leighton allowed four goals on 36 shots in his season debut Thursday against the Kings, but got seven goals worth of offensive support and his first win of the year.
Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky established himself in Leighton's place, but Leighton has the contract and is sure to get the chance to prove he can be the starter in Philadelphia.

12/30/2010

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Michael Leighton

Leighton to Start For Philadelphia

News: Leighton is expected to start against Los Angeles on Thursday, Philly.com reports.
Analysis: Leighton hasn't played during 2010 until now, but he was 16-5 as a starter during last season. The Kings are tied for 12th in the league with 105 goals on the year, so this should be a decent test for Leighton.

12/15/2010

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Michael Leighton

Flyers Activate Leighton From IR

News: The Flyers activated Leighton (back) from injured reserve on Tuesday, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Fellow goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher have been playing too good to simply send down or release, so the Flyers will proceed with three goalies for the time being. Leighton was huge for the Flyers late last season, but it will be interesting to see how he fits into the goalie rotation after sitting out all season.

12/12/2010

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Michael Leighton

Flyers' Leighton Almost Ready to Return

News: Leighton (back) could return this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: It sounds like the Flyers will hold on to three goaltenders once Leighton is ready to return, demoting defenseman Matt Walker instead.