Blackhawks agree to terms with goaltender Michael Leighton

Blackhawks agree to terms with goaltender Michael Leighton
August 18, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Blackhawks announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with veteran goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year deal.

Leighton, who was drafted by Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 1999 NHL Draft, set a team record by becoming the first player in the organization to record a shutout in his debut. 

He has posted a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 105 career regular-season games throughout parts of eight seasons in Chicago, as well as with the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes through the 2012-13 campaign.

He spent last season playing for the Donbass Donstsk of the KHL, where he was part of a goaltending tandem that set a team record for fewest goals allowed during the regular season and helped the club reach the second round of the playoffs with a 1.74 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

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The 33-year-old Leighton has tallied an 8-4 record in 16 Stanley Cup playoff games and is perhaps best remembered in the Windy City as the Flyers goaltender that Patrick Kane scored on to win the Stanley Cup back in 2010. He does, however, currently holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series (3) dating back to 2010 against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Blackhawks' decision to sign Leighton is essentially to replace the services of Jason LaBarbera, who signed with the Anaheim Ducks back on July 1. 

Expect Antti Raanta to continue serving as Corey Crawford's backup; Leighton will likely be providing additional goaltender depth with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.