The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that Michael Leighton has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms. Leighton, who helped backstop the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, is still trying to get back into top playing condition from early season back surgery.
Leighton picked up the victory in his first and lone NHL apperance of the year as the Philadelphia Flyers out-gunned the Los Angeles Kings 7-4. Leighton settled down in the third and made 32 saves overall for Philadelphia.
Additionally, some of you casual observers may have heard of a little five OT game a couple of years back between the Albany River Rats and Philadelphia Phantoms. You also may have heard about Mr. Leighton’s exploits, where he notched an astounding 98 saves! Leighton followed that up with a road shutout in Philly in game six of that series. Leighton’s legendary 2007-08 season in Albany saw Leighton win 28 games with a 2.10 GAA, 1,634 saves and seven shutouts.
Leighton could be in net for Adirondack as early as this Wednesday night at the Albany Devils.