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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News: Leighton has received a two-game AHL rehab extension, according to Philly.com.
Analysis: Leighton is on the precipice of returning, but the Flyers are trying to put off having to make a decision about their three goalies for as long as they can.
News: Leighton's surgically repaired back has healed, but his left leg is "an issue," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told Philly.com.
Analysis: Leighton will play in two games in the AHL as part of his conditioning sting, though he could remain on the long-term injured reserve list. Leighton's return will mean additional roster moves for the Flyers, though just how that will shake out remains unknown. Holmgren did say the Flyers may carry three goalies.
News: The Flyers are filing for an extension on Leighton's (back) AHL conditioning assignment, the Flyers' official site reports.
Analysis: General manager Paul Holmgren said that Leighton came through the games this weekend pretty well, but the Flyers would like to get him two more games with Adirondack to continue shaking the rust off. Beyond that, the Flyers have indicated a willingness to potentially carry three netminders upon Leighton's return to action.
Leighton (Back) Close to Rehab Assignment for Flyers
News: Leighton (back) is close to taking a rehab assignment in the AHL, according to Philly.com.
Analysis: Leighton will force the Flyers to make a roster decision when he returns, as it would appear unlikely given their salary cap situation that they would keep three netminders on the NHL roster, though there is some wiggle room for them to make it work.
News: Leighton (back) will report to AHL Adirondack for a six-day conditioning assignment, according to the Flyers' official Twitter page.
Analysis: If the team deems Leighton fit to play after the six days are up, there is a chance he could be back on the ice sometime next week.
Flyers's Leighton Cleared to Resume On-Ice Activities
News: Leighton (back) has been cleared to resume all on-ice activities, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Leighton still does not have a timetable for his return, but he is nearing the 6-to-8 week window that he was projected to miss. Leighton noted that he still has to build up strength in his left ankle, which was damaged due to the pain in his back, before returning, but it looks like he should be able to get back on the ice within his target window.
News: Leighton (back) will visit a doctor Tuesday and hopes to be cleared for practice this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: The two-week timetable still holds for now, though a return to practice is better sooner than later. Once he's ready to play, Leighton could do a stint with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.
News: Leighton (back) was on the ice for Wednesday's practice, the Flyers' official site reports.
Analysis: If the original timetable holds up for his return, he'll be back in the lineup for the Flyers within the next two weeks. Leighton has not played this season after inking a two-year deal to remain in Philadelphia this winter.
News: Leighton (back) skated with the team at Saturday's pre-game skate and said he felt good afterward, reports TSN.ca.
Analysis: He is expected to return around November 22 but he hopes to be back sooner. Sergei Bobrovksy has played well in his absence, though. He'll be eased back into action slowly when he does return.
News: Leighton (back) met with doctors over the weekend and is permitted to continue with his rehab efforts, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: General manager Paul Holmgren is encouraged by Leighton's progress and believes the netminder could return to the ice as soon as late November.
News: Leighton (back) has been able to walk a few miles a day as part of his recovery, Philly.com reports.
Analysis: Leighton still is not allowed to lift anything over 15 pounds, but will get a checkup with a doctor Friday and could see his workload increased.
News: Leighton (back) will have back surgery and miss six-to-eight weeks, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Analysis: This is a huge blow to the Flyers and to Leighton owners, as it may sideline him into early December. In the meantime, Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher will try to hold down the fort in goal for the Flyers. Keep in mind that Leighton's contract ($3.1 million over two years) isn't enough for the Flyers to immediately give him the No. 1 job back if Bobrovsky takes the job and runs with it, but the primary concern here is making sure Leighton gets back to 100 percent health in a reasonable amount of time.
News: Philadelphia has decided not to put Leighton on the long-term injury list because his recovery from his back injury is going well, the Philadephia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: On the long term injury list, a player must sit out 10 games or 24 days, so the Flyers expect Leighton back sooner rather than later. He can be activated at any time since he has been placed on injured reserve.
News: Leighton has a bulging disc in his back and will miss a month, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Right now, the Flyers hope a regimen of rest and rehab will be enough to get everything to "settle down," but surgery could be a possibility down the road if the rehab program doesn't resolve the issue. In any case, he's out until late October, likely leaving Brian Boucher as the team's top goaltender. However, Johan Backlund and perhaps even Sergei Bobrovsky could factor in as well.
News: General manager Paul Holmgren said he is not "too concerned about" Leighton's back injury and that the goalie could resume on-ice activities as early as Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Analysis: We're not completely sold, however, because the Flyers still haven't announced the results of Sunday's MRI. Plus, coach Peter Laviolette seemed much less optimistic than Holmgren. "He's not available to us," Laviolette said about Leighton. "So we'll play the goaltenders we think we need to get ready for the regular season." Stay tuned for the results of the MRI.
News: Leighton (back) was sent for an MRI on Sunday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Analysis: We should know more about Leighton's status when the Flyers make the results of the MRI known on Monday. If the injury is serious, Serge Bobrovsky could enter the mix for playing time with Brian Boucher and Johan Backlund.
News: Leighton had to be pulled from Friday night's exhibition game because of a lower back injury, Philly.com reports.
Analysis: General manager Paul Holmgren said he is "cautiously optimistic" that Leighton will be back in action next week, but he admitted that the team probably won't know the extent of the injury until Leighton travels back to Philadelphia to be examined. However, Holmgren raised more red flags by revealing that Leighton originally strained his back this summer, and Friday's injury was an aggravation of an existing problem. If Leighton's injury turns out to be more serious than expected, Russian prospect Sergei Bobrovsky could be pressed into significant playing time sooner than expected.
News: The Flyers have signed goalie Michael Leighton to a two-year deal, keeping the playoff hero away from NHL free agency. Leighton stepped up during the postseason and helped the Flyers make a surprise run to the Stanley Cup Finals. He went 8-3 with a 2.56 goals-against average in 14 playoffs games and set a team playoff record with three shutouts as Philadelphia won its first Eastern Conference championship since 1997.
Analysis: Leighton could have become a free agent on July 1, and might have to compete for the No. 1 starting job with the Flyers next season. In 27 appearances in the regular season, Leighton was 16-5-2 with a 2.48 GAA. The Flyers acquired him on waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes in December. Leighton missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the first nine games of the playoffs because of an ankle injury. Still, he was quite a catch for Philly and got his career back on track thanks to coach Peter Laviolette, who also coached Leighton in Carolina. If the Flyers bring in someone on the level of Evgeni Nabokov, then Leighton will likely pull backup duty next season. Track the Flyers offseason progress before taking a flier on Leighton, who will be more of a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy option, if he has to share time in net.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton has been stellar in net since replacing the injured Brian Boucher in Games 5 and 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Bruins. Leighton came on during the second period of Game 5, stopping all 14 shots he faced during a 4-0 win. He started on Wednesday, turning away 30 of 31 pucks sent his way, leading Philadelphia to a 2-1 victory, and a 3-3 series tie.
Analysis: Leighton was very effective after joining the Flyers in December, posting a 16-5-2 record, allowing 60 goals in 27 games. He's playing well in the playoffs now that he's healthy and back in net, ceding just one goal in 95 minutes.
News: NHL.com reports Flyers goalie Michael Leighton will meet with a foot and ankle specialist in hopes of getting a better prognosis for his injured left ankle than the one he received on Thursday. Leighton was ruled out 8-10 weeks with a severe high-ankle sprain after meeting with the doctors at Philadelphia's Jefferson Hospital. "I'm going to do as much as I can to make that 8-10 turn into a shorter period of time," Leighton said. "I'm trying to stay positive. I have a lot of confidence in our team that we're gonna do well." Leighton's current time frame puts him out until early May, meaning he will likely miss the first two rounds of the playoffs, if Philadelphia makes it that far. "To say my season is done, I don't really know if that's true or not," Leighton said. "I hope the team does really well and I get another chance."
Analysis: Leighton said there is no pain when he stands straight up, but he feels discomfort when he gets into his goalie stance. High-ankle sprains are definitely problematic, and how much time Leighton can shave off his recovery will probably be minimal. It does look certain, however, Fantasy owners won't have Leighton for the stretch run. Unless he makes a miraculous recovery, he probably can be dropped in all Fantasy formats. Brian Boucher has been elevated to Philadelphia's starting goalie.
News: The Philadelphia Flyers will be without starting goalie Michael Leighton for at least eight weeks because of a high ankle sprain. Leighton was injured Tuesday night in a 4-3 shootout loss at Nashville. An MRI on Thursday revealed the extent of the injury, which will sideline Leighton for the rest of the regular season and at least the opening round of the playoffs. Brian Boucher got the start Thursday night against Dallas. Rookie backup Jeremy Duchesne awaits his NHL debut. Duchesne was called up from Adirondack of the AHL on Wednesday.
Analysis: This injury comes at an awful time for the Flyers and Leighton's Fantasy owners. The trade deadline is a thing of the past, so Philly will have to rely on Boucher the rest of the regular season or find someone else off the scrap heap. Leighton can now be dropped in all Fantasy formats, while Boucher is certainly worth a look in deeper leagues. The Flyers TG remains a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton left in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Predators with a high ankle sprain. He allowed two goals on five shots in less than 10 minutes in net. It was his 15th consecutive start. Brian Boucher replaced Leighton, and made 24 saves.
Analysis: Leighton has allowed just 23 goals in his last 9 starts. Hopefully the injury is not a serious one, as Leighton should get most of the starts down the stretch. Consider him and the Flyers TG both No. 2 options.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 18 saves during a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. Leighton and the Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one period. Sean Avery then tied the game 1:53 into the second and Michal Rozsival put his team up for good 4:54 into the middle frame on a power play. Avery iced the game with his second goal 14:05 into the third. Leighton has lost two of his last three starts.
Analysis: Despite some recent losses, Leighton still has performed lights out for the Flyers since joining the team in December. Now that Ray Emery is done for the season, Leighton should get most of the starts down the stretch. Consider him and the Flyers TG both No. 2 options.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton stopped 39 of 41 shots in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. He is 3-1 over his last four starts, allowing only 9 goals over that span.
Analysis: Leighton has played well since the Olympic break. In seven games, he's allowed 18 goals, posting a 4-1-1 record. He remains a decent No. 2 Fantasy goalie. The Flyers TG is also a No. 2 option.
News: The Bruins chased Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in the second period of a 5-1 win Thursday. After Philadelphia tied the game at 1 just 44 seconds into the middle frame, the Bruins scored three times in the next 11 minutes to send Leighton to the bench. David Krejci took a backhanded feed from Michael Ryder and beat Leighton with a wrist shot, chasing the goalie from the game at 11:16. He entered the game with a 15-3-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average for the Bruins. Leighton, who finished with 21 saves, was replaced by Brian Boucher, who allowed one goal on 12 shots.
Analysis: Leighton has been pretty spectacular for the Flyers since joining the team in December. He has emerged as the team's top goalie in the absence of the injured Ray Emery, who is done for the season. As long as Leighton doesn't fall into a rut, he remains a decent No. 2 Fantasy goalie. The Flyers TG is also a No. 2 option.
News: Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia past the Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday. It was his seventh win in eight decisions, improving him to 16-7-2 on the season.
Analysis: Leighton has won seven of his last eight decisions, allowing 20 goals in his last nine games. Consider him and Flyers TG No. 2 options for the foreseeable future.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 27 saves Sunday in a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Leighton finished Week 20 (March 1-7) with two wins and two losses.
Analysis: Leighton is the concrete No. 1 in Philly, and he seems to have shaken off nicely that poor loss to Florida on Wednesday. Consider him and Flyers TG No. 2 options for the foreseeable future.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 32 saves against the Sabres on Friday, but it wasn't enough, as Philadelphia lost in overtime 3-2. Leighton falls to 14-8-2 on the season.
Analysis: Leighton has lost two straight after a five-game winning streak. He is now 14-8-2 on the season. Consider Leighton and the Flyers TG both No. 2 Fantasy options.
News: Philadelphia starting G Michael Leighton didn't have a great game on Wednesday against Florida and was eventually pulled for backup Brian Boucher. Boucher wasn't much better against the Panthers. Leighton stopped 22 shots but allowed two goals in the first period and two in the second before being removed for Boucher. Boucher almost immediately allowed two more goals over a three-minute span. When it was all over, Philly lost the game 7-4. Boucher stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced.
Analysis: Leighton was the hot hand for the Flyers, having won five straight before Wednesday's loss. His record falls to 14-8-1 on the year. Boucher remains at 4-11-1. Consider Leighton and the Flyers TG both No. 2 Fantasy options. Boucher is just a handcuff.
News: Philadelphia G Michael Leighton must have had something to say to his teammates after the second period on Tuesday night against the Lightning. Because after two periods trading goals, the Flyers absolutely went nuts in the third with five consecutive goals. Philly scored the game's final six goals and won 7-2 for Leighton, who stopped 36 of 38 shots in the game.
Analysis: The win was Leighton's fifth straight with the previous four coming before the Olympic break. He improves to 14-7-1 on the year for the Flyers. Consider Leighton and the Flyers TG both No. 2 Fantasy options.
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Flyers G Ray Emery will require a bone graft on his hip and is out for the season.
Analysis: The rumors have been flying for weeks now that Emery was done for the season, and now it's official. He is likely also done in Philly and maybe in the NHL, but we'll just have to see how he recovers from this surgery. Drop Emery immediately in all Fantasy formats. With Emery finished, Michael Leighton becomes the concrete No. 1 the rest of the way barring a trade. However, he will have to play well to keep Brian Boucher from stealing starts. Consider Leighton and the Flyers TG both No. 2 Fantasy options, while Boucher is nothing more than a No. 3 in deeper leagues for now.
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Flyers G Ray Emery (hip) didn't skate over the break, leaving Michael Leighton as the No. 1 goalie for the time being.
Analysis: Emery's season could well be over, but he's still worth stashing away in most formats for the time being. Meanwhile, Leighton will continue to get the majority of starts for the Flyers, with Brian Boucher getting the odd outing here and there. The Flyers play four times in Fantasy Week 20 (March 1-7) with favorable matchups against the Panthers, Lightning and Maple Leafs. Use Leighton as a solid No. 2 Fantasy goalie for the scoring period, while the Flyers TG is also a reliable secondary option.
News:The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi, who is the chief of sports medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital and used to work for the Flyers, said if goalie Ray Emery does have a torn hip labrum -- as the team is hinting -- then "it's fixable but career-threatening" situation. "Any injury to a joint is potentially a career-challenging injury," Bartolozzi said. "It can affect your timing, your speed, your agility." The Flyers have yet to reveal what the MRI exam on Emery's injured left hip produced. Instead, they have shut him down for three weeks and hope to avoid surgery until after the season. Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher are playing in Emery's absence.
Analysis: Bartolozzi said that if Emery's labrum is torn, playing after his three-week rest "unlikely will make it worse." However, he also speculated that surgery could happen before the end of the season, if Emery's condition doesn't improve. Former Flyers goalie Robert Esche had hip surgery on his labrum after the 2003-04 season, and after the lockout year his performance dropped dramatically in the two seasons that followed. Esche is now playing in Russia, where Emery was last season in the KHL. Although this report doesn't come from the Flyers, it does sound as though Emery, who will be an unrestricted free agent, has a battle on his hands. He is kind of a risky Fantasy option the rest of the way since it doesn't appear he will be 100 percent. The Flyers are sure glad they didn't act quickly when Emery returned from an abdominal issue in January and kept Leighton and Boucher. Leighton is likely to do most of the work in Emery's absence, but there are rumors that Philadelphia would like to trade for a goalie, targeting Florida's Tomas Vokoun.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 26 saves Saturday as he picked up his fourth straight win in a 6-2 defeat of the Canadiens.
Analysis: Leighton has been a great pickup for the Flyers at 13-7-1, and he could be in for plenty of second-half action if Ray Emery continues to have problem with his hip and the Flyers don't trade for another goalie. Grab Leighton in deeper leagues right now as a potential sleeper No. 2 option down the stretch. The Flyers TG is also a secondary choice.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 23 saves during a 3-2 win against the Canadiens on Friday. Leighton held a 3-0 lead heading into the third before Montreal scored twice in the first 3:01. Glen Metropolit broke Leighton's shutout at the 2:05 mark of the third. Leighton pushed his winning streak to three games.
Analysis: Do you remember when Leighton couldn't get off the bench in Carolina, and when he did he was flat out awful? Yeah, that time seems like an eternity ago since Leighton has been great since joining Philadelphia in December. He continues to start most nights with Ray Emery sidelined, but there are rumors that Philly could look to add a name goalie after the Olympic break. Leighton is worth playing as a stopgap Fantasy option. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option.
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Flyers G Ray Emery (hip) will miss three weeks as a precautionary measure.
Analysis: Luckily for Fantasy owners, two of those weeks will be during the Olympic break, so Emery could conceivably return to action during the first week of March. Stash him away in all formats and just cross your fingers that this hip injury isn't something that derails his Fantasy value down the stretch. Michael Leighton will fill for Emery and is worth a look in all 12-team leagues. The Flyers TG remains a No. 2 option for now.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 21 saves during a 3-2 overtime win against the Devils on Wednesday. Leighton gave Travis Zajac a gift 18th goal of the season 45 seconds after the opening faceoff when he let a routine shot from the top of the left circle dribble through his pads and rolls ever-so-slowly into the net. Rob Niedermayer threw a pass in front from along the goal line at the eight-minute mark and the puck hit off Leighton, deflected into the skates of Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and into the net. But after New Jersey built a two-goal lead, Leighton buckled down in net and didn't allow another goal past him. He made 16 saves over the final two periods and overtime.
Analysis: Leighton also won on Monday against the Devils and rallied back from a 2-0 deficit in that game as well. Talk about deja vu. Leighton has allowed a whopping seven goals in his last four starts and continues to hold down the fort with Ray Emery sidelined. There is no word on when Emery might return, so Leighton remains a viable stopgap Fantasy option. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option.
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that, according to a source, Flyers G Emery might have a torn hip labrum that could require surgery. Results of Emery's recent MRI have not yet been made available.
Analysis: Emery came out of the gate on fire this season, but then had to undergo abdominal surgery in December. This hip issue may have been contributing to that problem or vice versa, and it's not looking good for Emery's prospects the rest of this season. He did skate for an hour on Monday, but didn't push it. Stay tuned to this developing situation, as we might hear more concrete news about Emery's prognosis later on Tuesday.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 28 saves during a 3-2 win over the Devils on Monday. Leighton fell into a 2-0 hole thanks to power-play and short-handed goals from New Jersey. But he didn't allow another score after 1:01 into the second period as Philadelphia rallied for the lead. Leighton made 12 saves in the second period and then 10 saves during a scoreless third.
Analysis: Leighton won for the first time in four outings on Monday. The sad part is that he allowed a total of three goals in his previous two starts but didn't get much offensive support. Leighton has made three straight starts in place of the injured Ray Emery, who is dealing with a hip ailment. Leighton could remain in net the rest of the week, but he remains just a stopgap Fantasy option. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton will start in goal on Monday vs. the Devils.
Analysis: There hasn't been word on whether Ray Emery (hip) or Brian Boucher will back Leighton up on Monday, but both are clearly not worth risking in Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 8-14) at this point. Leighton's play has been spotty of late and will face both the Devils and Canadiens twice in the scoring period, but he's probably still worth a shot in deeper leagues as a potential sleeper No. 2 Fantasy goalie. The Flyers TG is also a No. 2 option for now.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 28 saves Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Wild.
Analysis: Leighton has now lost three straight starts, and two since filling in this week for the injured Ray Emery (hip). Leighton might continue to get some action in Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 8-14), but is a risky start in the deepst of formats. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option.
News:Ryan Potulny scored the game's only goal past Michael Leighton during a power play with 17 seconds left, and the Edmonton Oilers won their second straight following a 13-game skid, topping the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Wednesday night. With Philadelphia's Darroll Powe in the penalty box, Sam Gagner sent a backhand pass to the hard-driving Potulny. The former Flyers forward shoveled his 12th of the season past Leighton, who finished with 26 saves.
Analysis: Leighton played in place of Ray Emery, who had started eight consecutive games since returning from abdominal surgery. Emery, who was scratched, has never faced the Oilers. Leighton has lost his last two appearances, although, he gave a heck of an effort on Wednesday. The Flyers will continue to carry three goalies until they have to make a roster move. However, Emery is clearly the unquestioned starter. Leighton is back to having minimal Fantasy appeal. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option.
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Flyers G Ray Emery, who has made eight straight starts, will not dress for Wednesday's game at Edmonton. Michael Leighton will start, with Brian Boucher serving as the backup.
Analysis: Emery has been heavily used since returning from abdominal surgery, and the Flyers are clearly just taking advantage of the fact they currently have three goalies on their roster. He will get another couple of days to rest before Philly plays the Wild on Saturday, so hopefully Emery will be OK to make that his second start of the week after his shutout win on Monday. Leighton remains just a handcuff for Emery owners for now, while Boucher is clearly the odd man out at the moment and shouldn't be owned outside of the deepest of two-goalie leagues. The Flyers TG is a high-end No. 2 option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports now that D Ryan Parent is sidelined six weeks with back surgery, the Flyers can theoretically keep three goalies on their roster indefinitely. Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton are available, but with no back-to-back games until just before the Olympic break, the Flyers have a decision to make on which goalie to send to the minors or place on waivers. Ray Emery is the team's starter.
Analysis: It seemed all along that Leighton would be the short-term solution for Philly and he would end up on waivers just how the Flyers got him from the Hurricanes. But Leighton has been playing great for his former coach Peter Laviolette, so now the decision is a tough one. Boucher has been a healthy scratch for seven games and his job is not as safe anymore despite being under contract through next season. Leighton appears to be the better Fantasy option of the two, but he still has minimal Fantasy value as long as he is pulling backup duty to Emery.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 31 saves during a 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday. The game was scoreless before Tyler Bozak scored his first NHL goal 8:44 into the second. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for Leighton.
Analysis: The Flyers kept Leighton in net because he has the hot hand. Although, the loss Thursday could open up the chance for Ray Emery to make his first start since early December. He has been out because of an abdominal injury. Keep tabs on Leighton's progress. His time as a viable Fantasy start could be running out. The Flyers TG is more of a No. 2 option.
News: Philadelphia G Michael Leighton got the start on Tuesday against Dallas with Ray Emery backing him up and finally coming off IR. Leighton definitely made a case to remain the starter as he won the game, 6-3, and stopped 27 shots of the 30 he faced. Leighton was given four goals in the 2nd period and he cruised to victory from that point on.
Analysis: Sensing the return of Emery, Leighton has gone on a four-start winning streak and hasn't lost in regulation in his last 10 starts. His record improves to 9-4-1 and he's red hot right now for Philly. He's certainly a bit of a risky start for the upcoming scoring period, but owners in deeper leagues could surely do worse than give him a shot. The Flyers TG remains a No. 2 Fantasy option for now.
News: The Flyers' official Twitter feed reports that G Michael Leighton will start Tuesday vs. the Stars.
Analysis: The Flyers have three games in Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 11-17), with none of them back-to-back, and Leighton could be in line to get at least a couple of those starts. However, Ray Emery is back in Philly and is expected to be activated on either Tuesday or Wednesday. If Leighton continues his hot play on Monday though, you have to think the Flyers will continue to roll with him. He's certainly a bit of a risky start for the upcoming scoring period, but owners in deeper leagues could surely do worse than give him a shot. The Flyers TG remains a No. 2 Fantasy option for now.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made just 17 saves Saturday as Philadelphia defeated the Lightning 4-1 for his third straight victory.
Analysis: Just when it looked like Leighton might start getting fewer starts, he comes through with a huge Fantasy Week 14 (Jan. 4-10). He finished with three wins in the scoring period. He will be a slightly risky start in Week 15 (Jan. 11-17) with Ray Emery's pending return, but you have to think Leighton might have done enough to stick around in Philly. Keep a hold of him in deeper leagues for now until his situation clears up. The Flyers TG remains a No. 2 option, but one on the rise.
News: Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made 35 saves to beat Pittsburgh for the first time in four career starts during a 7-4 victory on Thursday. He never trailed in the game and Pittsburgh was as close as 3-2 after one period before the Flyers started to pull away. Leighton has won his last two starts.
Analysis: You have to applaud Leighton for his effort since coming to Philadelphia in early December. A castoff in Carolina, Leighton has gelled with his former coach -- Peter Laviolette -- and made Philly a winner. It's a real shame Leighton might be forced out of action once Ray Emery is healthy, so use Leighton as a stopgap Fantasy option until further notice. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 26 saves Wednesday as he improved to 7-2-1 on the season following a 6-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: When Leighton was yanked 10 minutes into Sunday's loss to the Senators, it looked like Leighton's time as a viable Fantasy goalie might be over. But, Peter Laviolette gave him a vote of confidence by putting him in net again on Wednesday and he came through. Brian Boucher will likely start Thursday's second game of back-to-back contests, and who knows who will end up being the No. 2 in Philly once Ray Emery is back. Continue to hold on to Leighton in deeper leagues until a decision is made. The Flyers TG remains more of a No. 2 option for the time being.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton was pulled within the first 10 minutes of Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Senators. Leighton actually had a 1-0 lead before Ottawa took the 2-1 lead at the 9:07 mark. Coach Peter Laviolette pulled Leighton in favor of Brian Boucher, who didn't fare much better. Boucher stopped 21 of 26 shots and was shouldered with the loss. The Flyers mounted a comeback and tied the game heading into the third period before Ottawa scored three unanswered goals. It was Boucher's first appearance since leaving a Dec. 21 start with a lacerated finger.
Analysis: Leighton was making his sixth straight start on Sunday, and when it looked as though he was struggling early, Laviolette went to his bench. Boucher did OK before losing his grip in the third period. We expect Leighton and Boucher to battle for PT until Ray Emery (abdominal) is ready to return. Leighton is merely a stopgap Fantasy option. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton's four-game win streak came to an end Friday as Philadelphia fell 2-1 in OT to the Bruins in the 2010 Winter Classic. Leighton made 24 saves in defeat.
Analysis: Leighton played well again on Friday, but his teammates just couldn't put the puck in the net to help him out. Brian Boucher is getting close to being back from his injury, so Leighton is likely to only get the odd start here and there until Ray Emery returns in a couple of weeks. Once that happens, Leighton is likely to be waived. You're better off benching Leighton in deeper leagues for Fantasy Week 14 (Jan. 4-10), while the Flyers TG remains a No. 2 option.
News: The Flyers' official Twitter feed reports that G Michael Leighton will start in Friday's Winter Classic.
Analysis: Leighton has been a revelation since coming over to Philly with four straight victories. Those folks in deeper leagues who took a chance with him in deeper leagues for Fantasy Week 13 (Dec. 28-Jan. 3) have been rewarded with a nice number of points. Leighton might head back to the bench once Brian Boucher returns from his injury in the next few days, but he's worth holding on to in deeper formats for now.
News: Things went as well as they could in the Philadelphia end as goalie Michael Leighton could have hoped during a 6-0 rout of the Rangers on Wednesday. While his counterpart Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after the first period, Leighton was hardly tested in earning his fourth NHL shutout, but first since Dec. 28, 2003. He had never won as many as three consecutive games before beating the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Analysis: Leighton, claimed by the Flyers off waivers from Carolina on Dec. 15, made his fourth straight start and has won them all. Philadelphia is 4-0 on its six-game road trip that will continue Friday in the Winter Classic at Boston's Fenway Park. You can probably guess Leighton will be in net since he is on a roll. Leighton was struggling with Carolina this season since he was playing for a coach (Paul Maurice) that really didn't want him. Peter Laviolette, who coached Leighton in Carolina, jumped at the opportunity to bring his former pupil to Philly after Ray Emery went down with injury and then Brian Boucher got hurt. Leighton has been outstanding in net and is becoming a nice stopgap Fantasy start. The Flyers TG is still a No. 2 option.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton won his third straight Sunday as Philadelphia edged the Islanders 2-1. Leighton made 28 saves.
Analysis: Leighton looks like a different goalie since being picked up by the Flyers off waivers. He is likely to take a seat once Brian Boucher comes back and could be waived when Ray Emery is healthy again, but Leighton has been playing very well lately. He could get at least one start in Fantasy Week 13 (Dec. 28-Jan. 3) as the Flyers might ride his hot hand and let Boucher's sliced hand heal, but only take a shot with Leighton in the deepest of leagues as a No. 2 option. The Flyers TG is also a secondary choice for now.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 37 saves as Philadelphia edged his former team, the Hurricanes, 4-3 after a shootout on Saturday night.
Analysis: Leighton has now won back-to-back starts as he continues to fill in for the injured Brian Boucher (finger). Boucher appears close to a return, but according to the Flyers' official Web site, coach Peter Laviolette said Saturday that Peter Laviolette said: I think well hold off on starting (Boucher) until he gets some work and his injury settles down a little bit." Leighton could get at least one start in Fantasy Week 13 (Dec. 28-Jan. 3), so might be worth a shot as a flier No. 2 option in deeper leagues if your goalie situation is dire. The Flyers TG remains a backup at best, at this point.
News: Two struggling teams hooked up on Wednesday night as Philadelphia G Michael Leighton started with both Ray Emery and Brian Boucher injured. Leighton managed to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning fairly easily on Wednesday as he allowed two goals to score, both coming in the 2nd period. Leighton had a 2-0 lead after one period but the score was tied after two. The Flyers scored three times in the 3rd frame to secure the win for Leighton. He made 31 saves in the game.
Analysis: Leighton notched just his first win since Nov. 15 as he'd made four appearances between victories. He's going to likely see some more starts in goal for the Flyers going forward. Leighton, like Boucher before him, is just a stopgap option behind Emery. He's not really worth using while Emery remains out. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option, at best, at this point.
News: Philadelphia G Brian Boucher suffered two losses on Monday night against Florida. Boucher gave up two goals on 13 shots and ended up losing the game, 4-1, but he also lost something more serious: His health. Boucher suffered a lacerated finger in the game and had to be removed and replaced by Michael Leighton. Leighton allowed two more goals before the game ended and stopped 15 shots.
Analysis: Boucher could now miss some time with this injury to his hand and that means that Leighton could get some consistent starts going forward. Boucher wasnt exactly sharp against the Panthers before getting hurt but Leighton wasnt much better. Boucher is now 4-10-1 with the loss and hes lost his last four starts. Leighton will have to be better but at 1-4-0 on the year, that seems unlikely at the moment. Boucher was starting for injured Ray Emery and the Flyers goalie situation is only getting murkier. Boucher was nothing but a stopgap option and that is all that Leighton is as well. The Flyers TG is a No. 2 option, at best, at this point.
News: NHL.com reports goalie Michael Leighton, who was acquired off waivers on Tuesday from Carolina, will dress as Brian Boucher's backup on Thursday against the Penguins. "The last couple of weeks in Carolina I didn't really get much practice time in with three goalies," he said, referring to Cam Ward and Manny Legace. "For me, personally, it wasn't a good situation. I was not taking a lot of the practice and sitting out most of practice. I'd like to get a few practices under my belt and feel a little bit more comfortable, and the last two days 've gotten some good skates in so it's just a matter of getting a few more practices in and feeling comfortable again."
Analysis: Coach Peter Laviolette has not decided when Leighton will play in a game, but he used him when he coached Carolina a lot more than Paul Maurice, so Leighton could get a bit of a career revival in Philly. Still, he will probably be sent to the minors or cut when Ray Emery is back from his injury. Leighton has marginal Fantasy appeal until further notice.
News: Goalie Michael Leighton has been claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers on re-entry waivers Tuesday, reports the team via their Twitter account. With Ray Emery hurt, the Flyers were in need of another goaltender to back up Brian Boucher, the current starter.
Analysis: Leighton is 1-4-0 this season with a.848 save percentage and 4.29 goals-against average. He was sent down to the AHL after being outplayed by Manny Legace with the Carolina Hurricanes. Leighton is just roster depth for the Flyers. He may see a few starts in goal but does not come with any Fantasy value at this time.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton has been assigned to the AHL after clearing waivers.
Analysis: Leighton is 1-4-0 with a 4.29 GAA and .848 save percentage in seven games this season. Keep him off rosters until further notice.
News:The Raleigh News and Observer reports the Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Michael Leighton on waivers Wednesday in anticipation of removing Cam Ward from injured reserve, so he can play Wednesday against the Devils. Ward has been out since Nov. 7 because of a leg laceration. "We've identified Manny Legace as being ahead of Michael," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "That's our decision for now, but we will deal with this on a week-to-week basis and see where this is going. Michael has played some good games for us. From a team viewpoint, he has not gotten a lot of help. Both goalies have given us some good games with Cam out."
Analysis: The 28-year-old Leighton has never had a lot of support from coach Paul Maurice after he took over for Peter Laviolette last season. He is 1-4-0 with a 4.29 GAA and .848 save percentage in seven games this season. Leighton had little Fantasy value to begin with, so keep him off rosters until further notice.
News: The Hurricanes' official Web site reports that G Cam Ward (leg) practiced fully Thursday. You tend to forget that its been over three weeks since Ive seen a shot, said Ward. Youd think that it would take some time to get your reaction back, but quite honestly I felt pretty comfortable out there in the net, and hopefully I can get a few more good practices in the next few days. The Hurricanes and Ward are now targeting a return date of Dec. 9 at New Jersey.
Analysis: Ward will have been out just over a month by the time he returns and will obviously be pretty rusty, so you might not want to risk using him in Fantasy Week 10 (Dec. 7-13). We suggest giving him a couple of starts to get back in a groove and then using him in all formats for the following scoring period. Of course, if you're desperate for goalie help, then by all means take a shot with him next week. The Hurricanes TG might recover its value as a No. 2 option right away. With Ward's return, Michael Leighton and Manny Legace will go back to being mostly non-factors in Fantasy play.
News:Michael Leighton stopped 30 shots for the Hurricanes during a 3-2 loss to the Capitals on Monday. Carolina had an early 1-0 lead, but Washington took little time to even the score, with Nicklas Backstrom receiving Alex Ovechkin's pass into the low slot and poking it past Leighton at 6:11. The Capitals went up 2-1 at even strength with 2:40 left in the first as Eric Fehr scored from the left circle with Backstrom assisting. Washington stretched its lead to 3-1 with about 5 minutes left in the second, when Backstrom scored from Fehr as Leighton had left the crease. Leighton has lost his last two starts and has allowed eight goals.
Analysis: Despite the loss, Leighton held his own on Monday against the Capitals. Right now, he is a who can play worse? competition with Manny Legace until Cam Ward is ready for action. Ward might return from a leg laceration in Week 9 (Nov. 30-Dec. 6), so Leighton's time as a part-time starter could end shortly. Leighton is merely a desperation Fantasy start. The Hurricanes TG is a low-end option.
News: The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Hurricanes G Michael Leighton will get a second straight start Monday when Carolina hosts the Capitals.
Analysis: Leighton has been splitting starts with Manny Legace since Cam Ward went down with a cut leg, but Leighton's stats have been simply awful with his 4.51 GAA and .832 save percentage. The Canes only have two games in Fantasy Week 9 (Nov. 30-Dec. 6), so you should probably just ignore both goalies in the scoring period. The Hurricanes TG is not worth using in any Fantasy format as this point.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton struggled in a starting opportunity on Saturday against the Sabres. Leighton made 19 saves in the game, allowing five goals in a 5-1 loss. His record dropped to 1-3-0 on the season with the performance. Leighton took a 1-0 lead into the third period of the game before allowing five unanswered goals.
Analysis: Leighton has allowed at least three goals in each of his first six appearances this season. He had recently been dealing with a groin injury but was healthy enough to start on Saturday. He remains a low-end Fantasy option that isn't really worth owning in any format. The Hurricanes TG is also a low-end unit until Cam Ward can return.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton did not play on Wednesday against the Ducks but did dress as the team's backup. Leighton had been out with a groin injury.
Analysis: Coach Paul Maurice is not a big fan of Leighton's when he is active, so he is probably not rushing the backup goalie into action, even with Cam Ward sidelined. Leighton should not be active in any format even though he is healthy enough to dress.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton was scratched from Monday's game against the Stars because of a groin injury. He has missed the last three games and remains day to day.
Analysis: Coach Paul Maurice is not a big fan of Leighton's when he is active, so he is probably not rushing the backup goalie into action, even with Cam Ward sidelined. Leighton is merely a stopgap Fantasy option until Ward is healthy.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton was not in the lineup on Saturday against the Lightning because of a groin injury. He is day to day. It was the second game Leighton has missed with the injury.
Analysis: Leighton could have had some increased Fantasy appeal as Cam Ward is also out with an injury. If Leighton can return soon, he could serve as a nice stopgap option with Ward out. However, he is not a recommended Fantasy option for Fantasy Week 8 (Nov. 23-20) as he is an injury risk.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton was not in the lineup on Thursday against the Maple Leafs because of a groin injury. He is day to day.
Analysis: This is a bad time for Leighton to get injured since starter Cam Ward is also sidelined. This is an ideal situation for Leighton to rack up PT in Ward's absence. Leighton is merely a stopgap Fantasy option when healthy.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton, who was on the Canadiens' roster but never played a game at the tail end of the 2006-07 season, started in goal Tuesday against Montreal. Leighton stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced but left the game at the 7:12 mark of the 2nd period after he suffered a lower-body injury. Leighton appeared to have strained his groin while doing the splits to make a save. He was replaced by Manny Legace, who stopped 23 of 24 shots in the game but suffered the shootout loss as he gave up Maxim Lapierre's shootout goal.
Analysis: This was a shame as Leighton actually held a 2-1 advantage before he left the ice. Legace couged up the game-tying goal in the 3rd period and then allowed the shootout goal to score for the loss. Legace's record falls to 0-2-3 on the season as he's yet to win. He's given up nine goals now in two starts and one backup appearance and that won't get the job done. Of course, Leighton hasn't been much better at 1-2-0. It looks like the Hurricanes will just go with whoever's hot between Leighton and Legace, but with the way Carolina has been playing lately, you're better off just avoiding both guys and the Hurricanes TG in all Fantasy formats.
News: The Raleigh News and Observer reports that Hurricanes G Michael Leighton will make a second straight start Tuesday at Montreal.
Analysis: It looks like the Hurricanes will just go with whoever's hot between Leighton and Manny Legace, but with the way Carolina has been playing lately, you're better off just avoiding both guys and the Hurricanes TG in all Fantasy formats.
News: When Michael Leighton stopped Marek Zidlicky on the Wild's final chance in the shootout, the Hurricanes had their first win since Oct. 9 during a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Leighton made 28 saves in his second start of the season and Ray Whitney, Jokinen, Joe Corvo and Brandon Sutter scored in regulation for Carolina, which blew two three-goal leads. "It wasn't pretty, but we got the win," Leighton said. That's all this team cares about right now."
Analysis: Lieghton was passed over for the team's first two starts after Cam Ward went down with a leg injury. After stopping their horrid losing streak, Leighton might have earned himself another start. However, we still expect him to share time in net with Manny Legace until Ward is healthy. Leighton is nothing more than a stopgap Fantasy option. The Hurricanes TG is a low-end option without Ward.
News: The Carolina Hurricanes are turning to veteran goalie Manny Legace to help replace the injured Cam Ward. The Hurricanes on Monday signed Legace to a one-year contract that will pay him $500,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 if he is sent to the minors. Legace will battle Michael Leighton for playing time while Ward is sidelined. Carolina was searching for help in net because Ward will be out for up to four weeks. The 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner's leg was cut by a skate Saturday night in Columbus during the Hurricanes' club-record 12th straight loss.
Analysis: The 36-year-old has a career NHL record of 177-92-36 and was 2-2 with a 3.21 goals-against average this season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves. While he does have NHL experience, his game has really fallen off since last season. Legace is merely a stopgap Fantasy option for the deepest of formats while Ward is out. The same goes for Leighton. The Hurricanes TG is a risky option without Ward available.
News:The Raleigh News and Observer reports Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will spend another day in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital after sustaining a left leg laceration in the first period of a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. "We'll have to see how it goes," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Sunday of Ward's injury and recovery time. "It appears it will be a fairly long period of time." Rutherford said the team is looking at possible options, which include a trade, signing an available goaltender or calling up Justin Peters from Albany (AHL). Michael Leighton is currently the team's starter. "We're talking over the options. We don't have an answer right now," he said.
Analysis: This injury just adds further insult to an already tough start for Carolina and Ward. It's also a tough loss for Fantasy owners, who lose a potential No. 1 Fantasy goalie in Ward. It doesn't sound as he will be back in the near future, so take him out of Fantasy lineups ASAP. You could replace him with Leighton, but it doesn't sound as though the Hurricanes have a lot of confidence in their backup goalie. Peters is a nice prospect, but not worth owning in Fantasy just yet. Ward owners might consider adding Ondrej Pavelec (owned 56 percent), Jonas Gustavsson (55 percent), Mike Smith (52 percent), Jaroslav Halak (50 percent) or Dan Ellis (30 percent).
News: Hurricanes backup G Michael Leighton allowed three goals on 22 shots after replacing the injured Cam Ward in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Ward sustained a serious cut from a skate blade on Saturday and could be out for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes are the worst team in the NHL right now, so Leighton won't be much of a waiver-wide pickup on Sunday. He should get the majority of the starts while Ward is out though, so is probably worth a shot in deeper leagues.
News: Carolina G Cam Ward was helped off the ice in the first period of Saturday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ward knelt for a couple of minutes on the ice before he was attended to by team trainers. As he was being helped off, drops of blood hit the ice. Ward stretched to make a save while the Blue Jackets' Rick Nash was skating through the crease at the 7:35 mark. It appeared Nash might have nicked Ward in the groin area with a skate. Ward was replaced by Michael Leighton.
Analysis: All we can say about this injury is OUCH! Ward and the Hurricanes are off to an awful start this season, and now he has to deal with a cut in a very tender area. Hopefully Ward isn't out for too long, but he was likely to be benched in most leagues for Fantasy Week 6 (Nov. 9-15) anyway as Carolina only has two games in the scoring period. When healthy, Ward can be a No. 1 Fantasy goalie, but he's been relegated to more of a No. 2 option at the moment. The Hurricanes TG is also a No. 2 choice.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton, making his first start for the Hurricanes, stopped 22 shots on Saturday against the Flyers. Unfortunately, he allowed six goals to score in a 6-1 loss. Leighton gave up three 1st period goals and it was smooth sailing from there for the Flyers.
Analysis: Leighton saw action in one other game this season back on Oct. 3 at Boston. He played 29 minutes in that game and allowed three goals while making 11 stops. He clearly won't see that much action behind starter Cam Ward and shouldn't be owned in too many Fantasy leagues. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Hurricanes backup G Michael Leighton replaced ineffective starter Cam Ward during a 7-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday. Leighton gave up three goals on 14 shots.
Analysis: Leighton played in 19 games last season and should see about the same amount of ice time this year if Ward plays up to expectations. Continue to ignore Leighton in all but deeper leagues as a handcuff to Ward.
News: Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton stopped 32 of 35 shots in Saturday's regular season finale against New Jersey. He started and took the loss in place of Cam Ward with the team resting their starting goaltender for the playoffs.
Analysis: Leighton was only playing to keep Ward off the ice as the Hurricanes gear up for the playoffs. If Leighton returns to Carolina in 2009-10 as a backup, then he will be nothing more than a handcuff option for Ward owners.
News: Hurricanes G Cam Ward made his 28th straight start, but allowed four of the 13 shots he faced to get past him before he was replaced by Michael Leighton midway through the second period during a 5-1 loss to the Sabres. Leighton finished the game by allowing one goal on 12 shots.
Analysis: Leighton has hardly seen time in net for Carolina since coach Paul Maurice took over. If Leighton returns to Carolina in 2009-10 as a backup, then he will be nothing more than a handcuff option for Ward owners.
News: Carolina coach Paul Maurice wants backup goalie Michael Leighton to be prepared in case he's needed in the postseason, but he also wants Cam Ward's momentum rolling forward entering the playoffs. Thus, Leighton could get a start or come on in relief at some point this week.
Analysis: This news is more relevant for Ward owners who are worried about him not getting a full slate of games in the upcoming scoring period. Leighton is merely a handcuff for Ward and should not be used at this time.
News: The Senators struck three times in the opening 20 minutes to chase Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward during a 4-2 win against Carolina Tuesday. Ward, making his ninth straight start for Carolina, allowed the three first-period goals on nine shots before being replaced by Michael Leighton, who made 12 saves the rest of the way. He allowed just a power-play goal to Jason Spezza in the second period.
Analysis: Leighton hasn't received much time in net since Paul Maurice took over as coach and that isn't going to change unless Ward goes down with injury. Leighton really only has Fantasy value as a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: Hurricanes G Cam Ward was unable to make it out of the second period against the Panthers on Thursday, getting pulled after allowing four goals in the game's first 30 minutes. The last two goals he gave up came within 12 seconds of each other. He was replaced by Michael Leighton who allowed one more goal in what ended up being a 5-0 loss for Ward.
Analysis: Leighton did make a start for the Hurricanes last week, but before that hadn't make even an appearance since Jan. 10. He will usually only get to play when Ward is pulled because Ward is going to start almost every night. Leighton can only be used as a flier, but he's not guaranteed in a start in any given week.
News: Backup goalie Michael Leighton made 37 saves in his first start since Christmas, and Sergei Samsonov scored the shootout winner in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-3 victory over San Jose on Thursday night. Leighton stopped the first two skaters in the shootout before Milan Michalek beat him with a backhander to tie it at 1. Samsonov then responded with the game winner. Leighton battled back from a 2-0 and 31 deficit by shutting out San Jose on seven shots in the third period.
Analysis: Leighton hasn't played much since Paul Maurice has come on board as the former Toronto coach has tabbed Cam Ward as his unquestioned starter. We don't think the veteran coach will change his mind anytime soon, so Leighton remains more of a flier in Fantasy leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton allowed two goals on 20 shots after replacing Cam Ward in the second period of a 5-1 loss to the Bruins on Saturday.
Analysis: Leighton's appearance on Saturday was his first since Dec. 23, which tell you how well Ward has been playing lately. Ward is likely to get three of the four starts in Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 12-18), but even if Leighton gets two outings, he isn't worth using in Fantasy play.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton allowed three goals on only 23 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Wild on Tuesday. The loss was Leighton's second straight and he has allowed eight goals over those two games.
Analysis: Now that Ward is back, Leighton is going to be seeing very infrequent playing time. He was not exactly great in spelling Ward and that will result in less opportunities for Leighton. He is not a recommended goalie right now. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 option.
News: G Michael Leighton gave up five goals and fell in a shootout on Thursday against the Flyers. Leighton did have 35 saves, but the five goals will loom larger. Leighton has only won once in his last seven starts.
Analysis: Leighton has been less than spectacular in spelling Cam Ward in net. The two starts he had prior to this past one were better, but he got back to giving up lots of goals on Sunday. Leighton is nothing more than a stopgap option while Ward is on the IR. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 option.
News:Michael Leighton stopped Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on a penalty shot with 1.2 seconds left in the second period and finished with 38 saves during a 3-1 win Sunday. Coach Paul Maurice gave Leighton a pep talk Saturday after a 2-1 overtime loss to Philadelphia. "I just explained to him exactly how this game was going to go tonight," Maurice said. "They were going to come and he was going to have to be the difference in the game. The upside would be that if he could do that for us, we would look at it as three out of four points and that he was a big, big part of it. Good for him because it was a challenge, and I think he took it the right way."
Analysis: Leighton won for the first time in six starts Sunday. He has allowed three or fewer goals in four of those outings, but just hasn't been getting much offensive support. Leighton is in net for the next few weeks with Cam Ward on IR with a groin injury. Consider Leighton a viable stopgap Fantasy option. The Hurricanes TG remains a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton, making his second consecutive start in place of injured regular Cam Ward, made 29 saves and gave up two goals in an overtime loss to the Flyers on Saturday. Jeff Carter's NHL-leading 19th goal 3:34 into overtime lifted theFlyers to the victory over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: This was Leighton's best start in his last five tries, but he still took the loss. Leighton is a stopgap option for the time being, and will be reduced to even less than that when Ward comes back. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton, who was starting for an injured Cam Ward, made just 17 saves during a 5-2 loss to the Penguins Thursday. Leighton fell behind 3-0 before Carolina got their first goal and he allowed two power-play scores as he lost for the fourth straight time.
Analysis: Leighton has allowed three or more goals in his last four starts and is showing once again why he is a backup goalie. Leighton started the season very well and was challenging Ward for PT. But he has struggled in his latest outings and will be back on the bench as soon as Ward is healthy. Leighton is nothing more than a stopgap Fantasy option for the time being. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Hurricanes G Cam Ward injured his groin on Sunday in a loss to the Ducks and could miss a few games.
Analysis: Ward has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his last seven starts and had been playing a lot better lately after a rocky start. He is usually a reliable No. 2 Fantasy goalie when healthy, but should be benched in all formats for Fantasy Week 9 (Dec. 1-7) and maybe longer. Michael Leighton will replace Ward as the starter in Carolina, but is no more than a No. 3 option at best. The Hurricanes TG remains a No. 2 Fantasy option, but only just.
News: Carolina goalie Cam Ward left after the first period Sunday against the Ducks because of what was announced as a lower-body injury. He was replaced by Michael Leighton, who stopped the first seven shots he faced before the consecutive goals by Teemu Selanne and Rob Niedermayer in the third period. Leighton took the 4-1 loss as Ward left in a 1-all game. Ward stopped 12 shots and Leightn finished with 11 saves.
Analysis: The fact Ward was able to finish a period before being pulled leads us to believe that the injury could be minor. Carolina doesn't play again until Thursday against Pittsburgh, but don't be surprised if Leighton is in net for Carolina. Leighton has suffered three straight losses, but has been a decent backup goalie for the Hurricanes. Consider him a stopgap Fantasy option heading into Week 9 (Dec. 1-7). He is usually just a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game when Ward is healthy.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton made his seventh appearance of the season on Monday night, falling to 4-3 on the season as Carolina dropped a 3-2 decision at Florida. Leighton made 19 saves in defeat.
Analysis: Leighton is stealing the odd start here and there from Ward, and the Hurricanes were on the end of back-to-back games on Monday night. Leighton remains a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game, while the Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News:Michael Leighton had 32 stops for Carolina during a 5-1 loss to the Capitals Wednesday. Leighton trailed all game and got down 2-0 10:32 into t he game. He allowed just one power-play goal as his winning streak ended at two games.
Analysis: Leighton has lost just twice in six outings this season and has allowed more than three goals twice as well. He has posted enough quality outings for Carolina to start him at times when Cam Ward is struggling. Still, Ward is the questioned No. 1 goalie for the Hurricanes, so Leighton remains a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: The Raleigh News and Observer reports that Hurricanes G Michael Leighton will get the start Wednesday when Carolina hosts Washington.
Analysis: Leighton has won four of his five appearances this season and is proving to be a capable backup to Cam Ward. He is providing great competition for Ward and that could keep Ward honest. Leighton might get a few extra starts with his solid play, but he is still a backup netminder for the time being. Leighton remains a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News:Michael Leighton made 22 saves in his second straight start on home ice during Friday's 2-1 win against the Senators to help coach Peter Laviolette become the winningest American-born coach in NHL history by surpassing former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella with his 240th career victory. Mike Fisher put Ottawa up 1-0 in the final moments of the second period after Tim Gleason couldn't make a play on the puck near the blue line. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson gathered the puck, skated down the right side and wristed a shot into Leighton's pads, and Fisher zipped in from the left side to poke the rebound past the goalie's right pad with 1:52 left. Jarkko Ruutu appeared to have tied it with 1:49 left when his slap shot from the blue line got past Leighton, but the goal was waved off because he was offsides.
Analysis: Leighton has now won four of his five appearances this season and is proving to be a capable backup to Cam Ward. He is providing great competition for Ward and that could keep Ward honest. Leighton might get a few extra starts with his solid play, but he is still a backup netminder for the time being. Leighton remains a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Backup Michael Leighton made 29 saves in his first home victory for the Hurricanes during Sunday's 6-4 win against the Maple Leafs. Leighton fell behind 3-1 midway through the second period before Carolina rallied for a 5-3 lead. Leighton allowed just four even-strength goals as he won for the third time in four starts.
Analysis: Leighton has been nipping at Cam Ward's heels and has gotten a few more starts since he has been pretty strong in net this season for Carolina. However, he is still a long ways away from being an every-game goalie for Carolina. Leighton remains a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Carolina backup goalie Michael Leighton, starting again for Cam Ward after beating Anaheim 3-1 on Sunday, stopped 31 shots during a 4-1 loss Thursday against the Penguins. Leighton shut out the Penguins for two periods before Pittsburgh scored three times in a matter of four minutes in the third period. They capped the win with an empty-net goal. "They had a lot of chances and it was just a matter of time," Leighton said. "We didn't put much pressure on them and force them to do anything. We turned a lot of pucks over."
Analysis: Leighton had won his first two starts and still hasn't allowed more than three goals in any outing this season. He has been a lot stronger than Ward, but is still listed as the backup. Until that changes, Leighton remains a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News:Michael Leighton made 32 saves and Ryan Bayda, Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Staal scored goals in the Carolina Hurricanes' 3-1 victory against the slumping Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. Leighton never trailed in the game and allowed just one even-strength goal. He has won his first two starts.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Leighton will be backup to Cam Ward for most of the season, but could eventually see a few extra starts if Ward struggles. Consider Leighton nothing more than a handcuff option for Ward owners or Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Carolina G Michael Leighton beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and allowed three goals while stopping 26 shots.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Leighton will be backup to Cam Ward, but could eventually see a few extra starts if Ward struggles out of the gate. Leighton was chosen AHL goalie of the year in 2007-08 after leading the league in save percentage (.931) and shutouts (seven) and tying for second in goals-against average (2.10). He appeared in three games with the Hurricanes last season, going 1-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average. Consider Leighton nothing more than a handcuff option for Ward owners or Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Hurricanes G Michael Leighton carried a heavy workload last season in the American Hockey League, so it will be critical that he maintains a high standard with a reduced workload.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Leighton will be backup to Cam Ward, but could eventually see a few extra starts if Ward struggles out of the game. Leighton was chosen AHL goalie of the year in 2007-08 after leading the league in save percentage (.931) and shutouts (seven) and tying for second in goals-against average (2.10). He appeared in three games with the Hurricanes last season, going 1-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average. Consider Leighton nothing more than a handcuff option for Ward owners or Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: The Carolina Hurricanes signed G Michael Leighton to a two-year, $1.2 million contract on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Leighton will be backup to Cam Ward. Leighton spent most of last season with Albany, Carolina's top minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League. Leighton might be best known for his performance during the AHL playoffs last season, when he had a record 98 saves during a five-overtime loss to Philadelphia in the Calder Cup. He followed that with a 40-save shutout in the following game. Leighton, a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 1999, has played in 50 NHL games.
Analysis: Leighton was chosen AHL goalie of the year after leading the league in save percentage (.931) and shutouts (seven) and tying for second in goals-against average (2.10). He appeared in three games with the Hurricanes last season, going 1-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average. As a backup goalie, he's probably not worth drafting in anything but the deepest of Fantasy leagues as insurance for Cam Ward owners.
News: The Carolina Hurricanes switched out backup goalies Monday, recalling John Grahame from Albany of the American Hockey League and assigning Michael Leighton to the team's top minor league affiliate.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Leighton was 1-1-0 with a 2.66 GAA in three games with Carolina after being recalled on Jan. 3. Sending Leighton to the minors gives him a chance to get some work. He played little behind No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward. The journeyman goalie is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy option when in the pros.
News: G Michael Leighton started his third game of the season Tuesday, but allowed three goals on 23 shots and was chased in favor of Cam Ward after two periods. Leighton won his season debut against Atlanta on Jan. 4.
Analysis: Leighton is to be considered a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Hurricanes G Michael Leighton stopped 18 shots during a 1-0 loss Saturday against the Blues. Leighton was making a second consecutive start after being recalled from Albany (AHL) on Thursday. He won his season debut Friday against the Thrashers.
Analysis: Leighton was 10-23-10 with a 3.04 goals-against average in previous NHL stints with Chicago, Nashville and Philadelphia before being recalled. He has played well in two starts and could be in net next time the Hurricanes take to the ice, but we fully expect that Cam Ward will shake off his rusty ways and once again become the full-time goalie in Carolina. Treat Leighton as nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Carolina goalie Michael Leighton, called up from Albany of the American Hockey League when veteran backup John Grahame was waived on Thursday, made 23 stops during a 4-3 win Friday against the Thrashers. Leighton started over Cam Ward, who was 2-5-1 with a 3.88 goals-against average in his last nine games. Leighton said he was surprised to be called up. The start was even more unexpected. "An hour after I arrived, I was told I'd start," Leighton said. "I did pretty good -- in the second and third periods."
Analysis: Leighton was 10-23-10 with a 3.04 goals-against average in previous NHL stints with Chicago, Nashville and Philadelphia. He might have earned himself another start with the win, but we fully expect Ward to remain the top goalie in Carolina despite his recent shortcomings. Treat Leighton as nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Hurricanes TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: The Hurricanes have called up G Michael Leighton, C Brandon Nolan and RW Keith Aucoin from Albany of the AHL to replace Matt Cullen, David Tanabe and Scott Walker, who were all placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Analysis: Leighton played in 34 games during the 2003-04 season, but went 6-18-8; Nolan has one assist in two games this season; and the 29-year-old Aucoin has four assists in 21 career NHL games. Do not pick any of these players up.
News: The Carolina Hurricanes trimmed their roster to 25 on Wednesday, returning first-round pick Brandon Sutter to the juniors and sending goalie Michael Leighton and forward Trevor Gillies to the AHL affiliate in Albany.
Analysis: Leighton was acquired from Montreal during the second day of the draft in exchange for a seventh-round pick. Veteran John Grahame hangs onto his backup job to starter Cam Ward, with Leighton simply providing organization depth.
News: The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year contract. The Hurricanes acquired Leighton from Montreal for a seventh-round draft pick.
Analysis: Leighton, 26, spent time with the Anaheim, Nashville, Philadelphia and Montreal organizations during the 2006-07 season. In five regular-season NHL games with Nashville and Philadelphia, Leighton went 2-2 with a 3.94 goals-against average. His Fantasy appeal is minimal unless Cam Ward suffers some sort of a long-term injury.
News: The Carolina Hurricanes added Michael Leighton in a trade from Montreal in exchange for a seventh-round pick on draft day.
Analysis: Leighton won two games in 2006-07, playing in Nashville, Philadelphia and Montreal. He'll likely shuttle back and forth between the AHL affiliate and big club when there are injuries.
News: After a solid performance on Saturday against Toronto, the Montreal Gazette is reporting Jaroslav Halak will get another start on Tuesday against Boston.
Analysis: Set your daily Fantasy lineups accordingly. It looks like coach Guy Carbonneau will go with the hot hand in Toronto right now and that is not Aebischer or Leighton for the time being.
News: The Montreal Canadiens have claimed Michael Leighton off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers, as he was no longer needed with the Flyers following the acquisition of Martin Biron from Buffalo on Tuesday.
Analysis: Leighton will find himself behind David Aebischer and Jaroslav Halak on the goaltender depth chart in Montreal. His Fantasy appeal remains minimal.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton made 25 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs Saturday. Leighton is now 2-2 in four February starts.
Analysis: Leighton is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy leagues which average points per game in a scoring period at this point.
News: The Maple Leafs scored three goals in the first period of Thursday's game and chased Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton, who had won his previous two starts. Antero Niittymaki took over and allowed one goal on 20 shots in relief.
Analysis: Leighton looked pretty decent in his other two starts, including a shocking home win against Detroit. He is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy leagues which average points per game in a scoring period at this point.
News: Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots in his second straight start for the Flyers on Monday night against Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings.
Analysis: Before Saturday's win against St. Louis, Leighton hadn't made an NHL start since March 23, 2004, when he was with Chicago. Leighton has won two straight starts for the Flyers, but his Fantasy value is limited to the largest of Fantasy leagues which average points per game in a scoring period.
News: Flyers G Michael Leighton got his first win of the season Saturday after making 25 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Blues.
Analysis: Leighton is not someone worth using in Fantasy leagues at this time.
News: Chris Mason allowed five goals on 26 shots through two periods in Thursday's game against the Sabres before being pulled. Michael Leighton came on in the third period and stopped eight of 10 shots in his first appearance for the Predators.
Analysis: Leighton is not a recommended Fantasy option and he will be returned to Milwaukee of the AHL once Tomas Vokoun (thumb) is able to return.
News: Michael Leighton (flu) served as the backup for Tuesday's game against the Oilers.
Analysis: Leighton is a rarely used goaltender for the Predators, even with starter Tomas Vokoun out of the mix.
News: The Nashville Tennessean reports Michael Leighton has been battling the flu, which is the main reason Chris Mason has been shouldering the load recently. Leighton has been drained of energy and was dehydrated before the pregame skate last week during the road trip.
Analysis: Leighton is considered day to day. He is up with the Predators with Tomas Vokoun (thumb surgery) still recovering, but his playing time will be few and far between.
News: Michael Leighton was claimed off waivers by Nashville on Monday after being cut loose by Anaheim over the weekend.
Analysis: Leighton will serve as the backup to Chris Mason while Tomas Vokoun (thumb) is on injured reserve. He has no Fantasy appeal.
News: Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Analysis: Leighton is likely headed to the minors unless either Ilya Bryzgalov or Jean-Sebastien Giguere is dealt. No Fantasy appeal here.
News: Michael Leighton was traded to the Sabres on Tuesday for Milan Bartovic.
Analysis: Leighton is likely to end up with Rochester of the AHL. He might start if the team deals one of its three goalies.
News: Michael Leighton was scratched on Sunday due to the flu. Matt Underhill made his NHL debut in his absence.
Analysis: Leighton is considered day to day. Neither he nor Underhill are useful from a Fantasy perspective.
News: Michael Leighton had 31 saves, allowing only one goal in a tie against Dallas Sunday.
Analysis: Despite the nice start, Leighton has allowed 30 goals in his past 10 games in which he is 1-6-3. Use him as a backup goalie while he starts in place of Jocelyn Thibault (hip) for another month.
News: Chicago will have to turn to rookie goalie Michael Leighton now that starter Jocelyn Thibault is out for possibly two months after he has hip surgery Saturday.
Analysis: Leighton gave up a 2.82 GAA last season in relief. He will likely challenge Thibault for the starting job next season if he can perform well in this emergency audition. He should be picked up as a No. 3 goaltender for now. Craig Anderson will back him up.
News: Michael Leighton started Monday's game at Detroit in place of the injured Jocelyn Thibault (hip). He allowed three goals and made 28 saves in the loss.
Analysis: Leighton is only worth using in larger daily leagues if you are desperate for goaltending.
News: Michael Leighton made 18 saves, but he was outdueled by rookie Marc-Andre Fleury Thursday by a 1-0 score.
Analysis: Leighton is not a useful Fantasy goaltender unless an injury sidelines starter Jocelyn Thibault.
News: With Craig Andersson having been shipped to the minors, Michael Leighton has won the backup job to Jocelyn Thibault in Chicago.
Analysis: Leighton won't get much playing time as a backup. He doesn't have any Fantasy value.
News: Michael Leighton and Craig Anderson are neck-and-neck for the backup job to Jocelyn Thibault in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. It's likely that the two will split time in goal in Thursday's preseason game against Buffalo, with their performance determining the winner of the race.
Analysis: Although the Blackhawks plan to use their backup goalie more often this season, neither Leighton nor Anderson are worthy of Draft Day consideration. Chicago is even thinking about rotating the two between the backup job and the minors all season.
News: Leighton will be given an opportunity to show what he can do. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he will start in two of the final three games for Chicago. He has minimal Fantasy appeal and should only be used if you are desperate for goaltending.
News: After a sparkling NHL debut, Leighton has been assigned to the minors. He was sent to Norfolk of the AHL on Monday and Steve Passmore will backup Jocelyn Thibault. Leighton is not worth keeping on any Fantasy roster.
News: Leighton was impressive in his NHL debut on Wednesday. He stopped 31 shots in a 0-0 tie. He will back up Jocelyn Thibault and should not receive any Fantasy consideration unless he can secure a starting job.