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Michael Leighton | Goalie | #49

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 5/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 186
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 6 (165) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Leighton is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Leighton is regarded as being week-to-week. The Penguins acquired him from Arizona on Dec. 19 and then sent him to the minors. The fact that he's injured is particularly noteworthy at the moment because Penguins backup goaltender Tristan Jarry was hurt on Tuesday. If Pittsburgh needs to call up a goaltender, then Leighton won't be an option. Casey DeSmith, who has been summoned by Pittsburgh before due to goaltending injuries, will likely be called up again if needed. Jan 4 - 11:00 AM

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Michael Leighton has been acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins along with a 2019 fourth-round draft pick from Arizona in exchange for Josh Archibald, Sean Maguire and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick.

Leighton will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He has played in 14 minor-league matches this year, while going 4-4-4, with Syracuse and the Chicago Wolves.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been shipped to Arizona in exchange for Louis Domingue.

Tampa Bay also sent Tye McGinn to the Coyotes in the trade. Leighton had a 3-3-2 record with a 3.03 goals-against average and an .868 save percentage in nine AHL games with Syracuse.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 12:18:00 PM

The Lightning have signed Michael Lieghton to a one-year, two-way contract.

Terms were not disclosed. Leighton has not played in more than a handful of NHL games since the 2009-10 season. He has no fantasy value.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 01:52:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been sent to the minors.

That's not too surprising given that it's the All-Star break, but this might be more than a short-term demotion. Eddie Lack, who has been out with a concussion, has also headed to the AHL on a conditioning stint. If Lack is ready to return following the All-Star break, then Leighton will likely remain in the AHL.
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 11:19:00 AM

Michael Leighton put forth a valiant effort through Saturday's 3-2 loss to Columbus.

Leighton turned away 17 of 20 shots, including all three asked of him on penalty kill. He's now 2-2 with 12 goals against with Carolina this season.
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 08:08:00 PM

It'll be Michael Leighton who ends Cam Ward's 21-game starting streak on Saturday against Columbus.

Leighton comes in with a 2-1 record and nine goals against through three games with the Hurricanes already this season. Considering how sensational Columbus has been this season, you may wish to look for a more favorable matchup.
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Michael Leighton might start Saturday against Columbus, according to coach Bill Peters.

However, he said that a decision has not been made yet. Cam Ward has started 21 consecutive games and he surrendered seven goals on 41 shots to Pittsburgh Friday night.
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 08:45:00 AM

Michael Leighton has been recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Leighton spent a few days in the minors. He's been serving primarily as the Hurricanes' backup goaltender, but that role hasn't led to him getting much ice time so the occasional brief stint in the AHL to play is to be expected.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 03:57:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been reassigned to AHL Charlotte.

Leighton has been serving as the Hurricanes' backup goaltender, but he's only actually appeared in three games. Sending Leighton to the minors is a way to get him some ice time to keep him sharp and with that in mind, Leighton might be recalled in the near future.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 04:26:00 AM

Michael Leighton has been summoned by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Leighton has a 3.53 GAA and .875 save percentage in three games with Carolina. He also has a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage in 16 AHL contests.
Wed, Jan 4, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been assigned to the minors.

He has appeared in three games with the Hurricanes this season, while posting a 2-1-0 record with a 3.53 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. Leighton will return to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, where he has excelled this campaign.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Michael Leighton was sent home after reporting to the Hurricanes' practice with an illness.

Leighton might still serve as Carolina's backup Monday night, but that might be a game-time decision. Either way, Cam Ward will be the team's starter.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:06:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been called up by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Leighton was sent to the minors so that he could play in an AHL game on Wednesday. With that done, he's back with the Hurricanes to serve as their backup netminder Friday night.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Michael Leighton has been loaned to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

He has a 2-1-0 record with a 3.53 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage in three appearances with the Hurricanes this season. Leighton is expected to play Wednesday night versus Manitoba and then rejoin Carolina this week.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 01:54:00 PM

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