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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: 8 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-player-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 236.00

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10/7/2014

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

Michael Leighton

Hawks' Leighton Sent Down to Rockford

News: Michael Leighton cleared waivers and was sent down to Rockford of the AHL on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Michael Leighton, a former Blackhawk, was re-signed during the off-season and was expected to be headed to Rockford. He is a veteran goalie insurance in case either Corey Crawford or Antti Raanta are injured or if Raanta is very ineffective this season.

10/4/2014

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

Michael Leighton

Blackhawks Waive Leighton

News: Michael Leighton was waived by the Blackhawks on Saturday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Michael Leighton is little more than a depth goalie at this stage of his career, making him no serious threat to claim a roster spot with the Blackhawks. Chicago will go with Antti Raanta as the backup to starter Corey Crawford.

9/26/2014

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

Michael Leighton

Hawks' Leighton Struggles in Exhibition Debut

News: Michael Leighton did not entirely help his cause if he wants to beat out Antti Raanta as the Blackhawks' backup goalie as he saved 17 of 19 shots on goal on Thursday in the 3-2 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Michael Leighton will need to show more if he wants the backup spot. He is more than likely ticketed to be the starting goalie for Rockford of the AHL. Leighton will probably be in goal on Sunday against Edmonton.

9/24/2014

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

Michael Leighton

Hawks' Leighton To Split Time In Goal Thursday

News: Michael Leighton will split time with Antti Raanta in goal for Chicago on Thursday in the exhibition game against the Red Wings, CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Michael Leighton, who was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in 1999, re-signed with the club during the summer after stints with several teams in the US and the KHL. Ironically, he was in goal for the Flyers and gave up the game-winning goal to Patrick Kane that handed the Blackhawks the 2010 Stanley Cup. Leighton is expected to start at Rockford of the AHL, but could get time with the Blackhawks if Raanta or Corey Crawford are injured.

8/18/2014

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

Michael Leighton

Blackhawks Ink Leighton To One-Year Deal

News: Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Monday, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Analysis: Michael Leighton will most likely start the season in the AHL with Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta already on the depth chart for the Blackhawks. He will provide the team with depth at the position, however, and could find his way to the team if either netminder goes down with an injury.

8/19/2013

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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

Michael Leighton, G, CHI

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.