• Sent to Rockford (AHL)

    News: Michael Leighton has been assigned to the AHL.
    Analysis: He hasn't seen NHL ice since the 2012-13 season and even then, he got into just a single game. He's only been an NHL backup once and that was in 2009-10.
  • Leighton Re-Signs With Blackhawks

    News: Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: Michael Leighton hasn't played in the NHL since 2012-13, and he'll likely just provide organizational goaltending depth in the AHL. He had a .920 save percentage and 2.26 GAA in 42 AHL appearances last season.
  • Hawks' Leighton Continues To Thrive In AHL

    News: Michael Leighton, who is considered fourth on the Blackhawks' goalie depth chart, continues to thrive at AHL's Rockford, getting his his 14th win Friday by turning aside 22 of the 25 shots on goal by the Texas Stars in the IceHogs' 4-3 overtime win, the team's official website reports.
    Analysis: Michael Leighton has been playing well in the AHL, but it does not seem to be helping him when it comes to the Blackhawks. Right now, he is just veteran depth in goal for Chicago. Leighton has been in goal for 30 games with a 14-10-2-4 with a 2.18 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. For him to get to the big club, there would have to be injuries to a pair of goalies among the group of Corey Crawford, Antti Raanta and Scott Darling.
  • Hawks' Leighton Sent Down to Rockford

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

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

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

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

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

    News: Michael Leighton has signed a one-year deal with Donbass Donetsk of the KHL, Rob Mixer of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
    Analysis: The Flyers traded Michael Leighton to Columbus at the trade deadline in exchange for Steve Mason, but that's the biggest impact he made last season, seeing NHL action in only one contest. In any case, he's off the journeyman goalie radar for now.
  • Leighton Dealt To Columbus

    News: The Blue Jackets have traded Steve Mason to the Flyers in exchange for Michael Leighton and a third-round draft pick, TSN.ca reports.
    Analysis: With Mason headed to Philly, Michael Leighton will now slot in as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup with the Blue Jackets.