Player Updates

October 8, 2019 05:20 AM
Michael Leighton: Announces retirement
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Leighton will hang up his skates and call it a career, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.

Over the course of his 18-year career, Leighton split time between the NHL and AHL, but did appear in 110 NHL games with Philadelphia, Carolina, Chicago and Nashville. In those outings, the netminder went 37-43-14 with a .900 save percentage and four shutouts.

February 19, 2019 03:00 PM
Canucks' Michael Leighton: Signs, lands on waivers
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The Canucks inked Leighton to a contract Tuesday after playing with Utica, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports. He has also been placed on waivers with the intention of sending him to AHL Utica.

Leighton's deal is likely of the two-way variety and should extend through the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The 37-year-old netminder has posted a 6-1-0 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .915 save percentage over seven appearances with Utica and could be a candidate for recall if injuries take their toll on the team's NHL netminders.

March 9, 2018 10:04 PM
Penguins' Michael Leighton: Returning to action in minors
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Leighton (undisclosed) will suit up for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday versus Binghamton.

Leighton has been sidelined since late December due to his undisclosed injury, but will return to the crease for the Baby Pens. This is good news for Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliate, as an injury to Matt Murray (concussion) has forced the organization to keep both Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith in the NHL.

December 28, 2017 11:20 PM
Penguins' Michael Leighton: Dealing with injury
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Leighton is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

While minor-league injury news rarely affects fantasy owners, Leighton's status will impact the Pens' decision on who to call up to fill the backup role with Matt Murray (undisclosed) currently sidelined. Casey DeSmith might seem like the obvious choice, but with Leighton unavailable, that would leave the Baby Pens without a viable option between the pipes.

December 20, 2017 02:00 AM
Penguins' Michael Leighton: Traded to Pittsburgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Coyotes traded Leighton and a 2019 fourth-round pick to the Penguins in exchange for Josh Archibald, Sean Maguire and a 2019 sixth-round pick Tuesday.

The Penguins clearly wanted to add a veteran backup so they could bolster their organizational depth at goaltender, and they only needed to part with a pair of depth players and a sixth-round pick to do it. However, it's hard to believe the team will be able to trust Leighton with any starts at the NHL level this season, as he struggled in limited action last year with a 2-2-0 record while registering an ugly 3.43 GAA and .870 save percentage in four appearances with the Hurricanes. The 36-year-old backstop will report to Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate.

December 14, 2017 11:57 AM
Coyotes' Michael Leighton: Shuffles back to minors
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Leighton was reassigned to AHL Tuscon on Thursday.

Despite getting called up to the big stage Monday, Leighton didn't see any action in road games versus the Ducks and Golden Knights, respectively. The lanky goalie is best viewed as an emergency option for a Coyotes team that's caught in the cellar of the league standings.

December 11, 2017 03:30 PM
Coyotes' Michael Leighton: Called up from AHL Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leighton was promoted from the minors Monday.

Leighton 's recall could be simply a paper transaction in order to help the Yotes reach the salary cap floor -- rather than an indication that Antti Raanta or Scott Wedgewood is dealing with an injury. Arizona is off until Thursday, so look for any potential injury updates from the team in the coming days.

November 23, 2017 12:25 AM
Coyotes' Michael Leighton: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leighton was loaned to AHL Chicago on Tuesday.

With Antti Raanta and Scott Wedgewood cemented as the top two goalies in Arizona, there is no need for Leighton to be around the big club, and he will get some meaningful ice time with the Wolves instead. He should probably not be counted on for fantasy production at any time.

November 14, 2017 07:06 PM
Coyotes' Michael Leighton: Headed to the desert
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Leighton was acquired by the Coyotes on Tuesday, along with Tye McGinn, in return for Louis Domingue, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.

Leighton wasn't able to crack the Tampa Bay roster during his limited time there and heads west to likely serve as the minor-league goalie for the Coyotes as an insurance policy for Antti Raanta and Scott Wedgewood. The Coyotes organization will be the ninth one that Leighton has been a part of during his career, which generally speaks to the level of play that is expected out of him.

September 21, 2017 05:21 PM
Lightning's Michael Leighton: Takes preseason loss
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Leighton allowed two goals on 22 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 preseason defeat to Carolina.

The 36-year-old Leighton played the entirety of the contest against one of his many former teams. A career journeyman, Leighton was great with AHL Charlotte last season, posting a 2.17 GAA and .921 save percentage, and he should be a good depth option in the event that NHL goalies Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj get hurt.

September 19, 2017 05:40 PM
Lightning's Michael Leighton: Will square off against Carolina
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Leighton will patrol the blue paint versus the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Bryan Burns of reports.

Leighton is unlikely to dethrone Peter Budaj from the No. 2 role in Tampa Bay, with AHL Syracuse his probable landing spot for 2017-18. Even though it's only a preseason contest, the 36-year-old Leighton should be motivated to perform well against his former club.

July 2, 2017 12:44 AM
Lightning's Michael Leighton: Important AHL depth for team with Cup aspirations
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leighton signed a a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Saturday.

Leighton is now 36 and his best is behind him. He did see action in four games with the Canes last season, going 2-2-0-0 with a 3.43 GAA and .870 save percentage. Leighton spent most of last season with the AHL Charolette Checkers and went 11-7-3 in 23 games. He recorded a 2.17 GAA and .921 save percentage.

March 16, 2017 05:01 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Out 4-to-6 weeks with undisclosed ailment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 26, 2017 11:10 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Sent to AHL on Thursday
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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.

January 21, 2017 09:25 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Makes 17 saves in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 21, 2017 04:40 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Starting Saturday in Columbus
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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.

January 19, 2017 10:10 AM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Recalled from AHL Charlotte
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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.

January 16, 2017 07:50 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Sent down to AHL
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Leighton was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Monday.

Leighton spent six games up with the big club during this stint, but didn't see any time between the pipes. He'll return to a Checkers team that he's compiled an 8-5-0 record, .923 save percentage and 2.17 GAA with this season.

January 4, 2017 05:05 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Brought up to NHL
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Leighton was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday.

Leighton continues to rotate with Daniel Altshuller as a depth option between the pipes for a Carolina team looking for its footing in the super-competitive Metropolitan Division.

December 23, 2016 07:50 PM
Hurricanes' Michael Leighton: Moves to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leighton is back in the AHL with Eddie Lack (concussion) drawing the start against the Bruins on Friday.

Lack had missed 20 games with the concussion issues, which meant Leighton enjoyed an elongated stay with the parent club. The depth tender has won two of three games this campaign, albeit with a terrible 3.53 GAA. You can safely pass over him in the fantasy realm.