|Assets:||Has good size and excellent fundamentals for the goaltending position. Displays an exemplary work ethic, especially at lower levels (where he dominates). Is a true battler in the crease area.|
|Flaws:||Tends to get beaten when forced to move quickly from side to side. Durability remains an issue with him. Is also inconsistent at the National Hockey League level, despite plenty of chances.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran depth goaltender.|
|AHL||Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy||2007-08|
|AHL||First All-Star Team||2007-08|
|10/03/2015||Placed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks for the purpose of being assigned to the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).|
|6/30/2015||Re-signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract.|
|10/05/2014||Assigned to the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).|
|10/04/2014||Placed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|8/18/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract.|
|8/19/2013||Signed with Donbass Donetsk (KHL).|
|4/03/2013||Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|3/09/2013||Recalled from Adirondack (AHL).|
|3/01/2013||Missed 10 games (finger injury).|
|3/01/2013||Assigned to Adirondack (AHL).|
|2/28/2013||Placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|2/10/2013||Finger injury, injured reserve.|
|7/01/2012||Re-signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a one-year contract.|
|4/17/2012||Recalled from Adirondack (AHL).|
|4/16/2012||Placed on re-entry waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|9/30/2011||Assigned to Adirondack (AHL).|
|9/29/2011||Placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|5/06/2011||Missed the last 4 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|4/30/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/06/2011||Recalled from Adirondack (AHL).|
|4/05/2011||Placed on re-entry waivers by the Phidelphia Flyers.|
|1/04/2011||Assigned to Adirondack (AHL).|
|1/03/2011||Placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|12/15/2010||Missed 32 games (lower back strain).|
|11/30/2010||Loaned to Adirondack (AHL) for conditioning.|
|9/25/2010||Lower back strain, injured reserve.|
|6/30/2010||Re-signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a two-year contract.|
|5/10/2010||Missed 13 regular and 9 playoff games (left ankle injury).|
|3/17/2010||Left ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|12/15/2009||Claimed off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|12/12/2009||Assigned to Albany (AHL).|
|12/09/2009||Placed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|11/27/2009||Missed 4 games (groin).|
|6/11/2008||Re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes to a two-year contract.|
|1/21/2008||Assigned to Albany (AHL).|
|1/03/2008||Recalled from Albany (AHL).|
|9/26/2007||Assigned to Albany (AHL).|
|7/27/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|6/23/2007||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|2/27/2007||Claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|2/26/2007||Placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|1/27/2007||Recalled from Philadelphia (AHL).|
|1/24/2007||Assigned to Philadelphia (AHL).|
|1/11/2007||Claimed off waivers from the Nashville Predators.|
|11/27/2006||Claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|10/02/2006||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|7/13/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a one-year contract.|
|11/26/2005||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|11/23/2005||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|10/04/2005||Waived by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|10/04/2005||Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|8/22/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|7/30/2005||Chicago Blackhawks tendered a qualifying offer.|
|9/16/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/15/2004||Re-signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract.|
|6/30/2004||Chicago Blackhawks tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/24/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|2/23/2004||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|1/15/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|4/01/2003||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|1/27/2003||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|1/02/2003||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|10/07/2002||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|4/22/2002||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|11/12/2001||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|11/04/2001||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/24/2001||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|8/18/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|4/03/2013||Columbus Blue Jackets traded Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michael Leighton and a 3rd round selection in 2015.|
|12/15/2009||Claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|6/23/2007||Montreal Canadiens traded Michael Leighton to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 7th round selection in 2007.|
|2/27/2007||Montreal Canadiens claimed Michael Leighton off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers|
|1/11/2007||Philadelphia Flyers claimed Michael Leighton off waivers from the Nashville Predators.|
|11/27/2006||Claimed by the Nashville Predators off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|7/13/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks.|
|10/04/2005||Chicago Blackhawks traded Michael Leighton to the Buffalo Sabres for Milan Bartovic.|
|6/26/1999||Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 6th round (165th overall) in 1999.|
| 10/03/2015 11:14 PM
NewsLeighton has been assigned to the AHL.
Michael Leighton inks contract with Donbass | 08/19/2013 2:36 PM
NewsMichael Leighton has agreed to a one-year deal with Donbass Donetsk of the KHL.
ImpactColumbus acquired him, along with a third-round pick, from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Steve Mason in April. There wasn't any room for him on the Blue Jackets with Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney on the roster, but Donbass created a spot for him by releasing Chris Holt.
Richards not worried about Leighton | 04/25/2013 10:06 AM
NewsBlue Jackets coach Todd Richards isn't worried about Michael Leighton getting rusty.
ImpactLeighton has played in just one NHL game this season and it sounds like the only way he'll play is if Sergei Bobrovsky suffers an injury. "He's played in some big games in his career and proved that he can be a good goaltender at this level," Richards said. ". If something happens and he has to go in, he's keeping himself ready."
Michael Leighton heads to Columbus | 04/03/2013 2:56 PM
NewsPhiladelphia has traded Michael Leighton to Columbus along with a third-round draft pick for Steve Mason.
ImpactLeighton will likely serve as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup for the Jackets for the rest of the season.
Could Michael Leighton get start Sunday? | 03/09/2013 8:04 PM
NewsMichael Leighton has been recalled by the Flyers.
Philadelphia Daily News
ImpactIt's a bit of an odd move for the Flyers, who have more pressing needs than their back-up goalie, as Brian Boucher will be sent back to the AHL. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily news wonders if coach Peter Laviolette would be bold enough to start Boucher against the Sabres on Friday. A loss could put them in 14th place in the East. The 31-year-old was coming off an injury to his finger and has a 1-1-0 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .933 save percentage on the AHL season. In his only start in the NHL this year, he gave up five goals on 26 shots.
Michael Leighton clears waivers | 03/01/2013 2:39 PM
NewsMichael Leighton has successfully cleared waivers.
Anthony SanFilippo on Twitter
ImpactPhiladelphia has sent Leighton to the minors. He allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 27 and hasn't played since.
Flyers waive G Michael Leighton | 02/28/2013 3:30 PM
NewsMichael Leighton has been placed on waivers by Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
ImpactHe had been sidelined with a finger injury and his appearance on waivers suggests he is healthy now and that the Flyers want to stick with Brian Boucher as their backup goalie.
Michael Leighton has a finger injury | 02/11/2013 1:17 PM
NewsMichael Leighton's upper body injury is related to a finger on his stick hand.
Sam Carchidi on Twitter
ImpactLeighton has already been placed on waivers. The timetable for his return remains seven-to-10 days.
Michael Leighton sidelined for 7-10 days | 02/10/2013 3:21 PM
NewsThe Philadelphia Flyers placed netminder Michael Leighton on the injured reserve on Sunday.
ImpactThe journeyman netminder is expected to miss 7-10 days with an upper-body injury. It isn't a major loss for a Philadelphia team that leans heavily on Ilya Bryzgalov; they'll turn to experienced backup Brian Boucher in Leighton's absence.
Leighton could get start Tuesday v Jets | 02/09/2013 1:15 PM
NewsThere is a strong chance that Michael Leighton will get the start Tuesday against the Jets.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
ImpactIt would be Leighton's second start of the season. Leighton allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 5-1 loss to Tampa on January 27th.
Michael Leighton suffer shaky start | 01/27/2013 10:34 PM
NewsMichael Leighton allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Lightning Sunday.
ImpactThis wasn't how Leighton envisioned his first start of the campaign, certainly. For all the criticism Ilya Bryzgalov has taken, he has yet to perform this poorly. In fairness to Leighton, the Flyers defense corps has been ravaged by injury so he's not entirely to blame for the result.
Michael Leighton gets first start since 2011 | 01/27/2013 5:05 PM
NewsMichael Leighton will finally start again for the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Philadelphia Flyers on Twitter
ImpactHe last saw the ice during the 2011 series in the Buffalo Sabres series, struggling mightily. His last regular season game was on Dec. 30, 2010, allowing four goals in a win against the Los Angeles Kings. He's unlikely to see many starts with Ilya Bryzgalov grabbing most - but apparently not all - of the team's back-to-back starts.
|Games Played In||34||2 times-last: 2009-10 (Car/Phi)|
|Goal Against Average||2.83||2009-10 (Car/Phi)|
|Save percentage||.905||2009-10 (Car/Phi)|
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