Leighton -- a depth goalie for Hurricanes affiliate AHL Charlotte -- will undergo surgery as the result of an undisclosed injury that will keep him shelved for 4-to-6 weeks. As noted in this latest report, Leighton had been dominant in the minors this season, fashioning a 2.17 GAA over 23 games -- tied for fourth in the league. Tom McCollum was loaned from Calgary's system at the AHL trade deadline and will serve as the replacement.
Leighton was assigned to AHL Charlotte on Thursday. The 35-year-old has only played in four games this year, allowing 12 goals on 92 shots, so he hasn't been great in his limited action. He has a .918 save percentage and 2.32 GAA in the AHL though, so he has been solid in the minors, where he will likely stay unless the Hurricanes need goalie depth again.
Leighton made just 17 saves in a 3-2 loss to Columbus on Saturday. The lights are barely on for this struggling 35-year-old netminder. This was Leighton's third start this season and his record is 2-2. But he's going nowhere fast with an .870 save percentage.
Leighton will guard the goal in Saturday's road game against the Blue Jackets. Leighton hasn't played well in limited action with the big club this season, posting a 2-1-0 record with an ugly 3.53 GAA and .875 save percentage over three appearances. The 35-year-old backstop will look to get on track in a highly unfavorable road matchup with a Blue Jackets team that's averaging an impressive 3.61 goals per game at home this season, second in the NHL.
Leighton was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Thursday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports. Leighton saw time in the NHL earlier this year, appearing in three games and posting a 2-1 record despite allowing nine goals. Once again, he'll provide depth behind starting goalie Cam Ward.
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