Blackhawks Sign Leighton To One Year Deal
Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 12:00am
(CHICAGO) - Goaltender Michael Leighton expects he may have to endure some good-natured ribbing from his new Chicago Blackhawks teammates. Leighton, who signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks on Monday, was in net for the Philadelphia Flyers when Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored the game-winning, series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2010. The goal gave the Blackhawks their first championships since 1961. Leighton, 33, returns to the Blackhawks after being drafted by them in the sixth round in 1999 and spending two seasons with them in the NHL. He was traded by the Blackhawks to the Buffalo Sabres in 2005 and has been bounced around to a variety of teams since then. He has a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 105 career NHL games. Leighton's signing gives the Blackhawks another goaltender with NHL experience. Within the organization, only Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta, the Blackhawks' top two goaltenders last season, have played in multiple NHL games.