Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Leighton claimed by Flyers

Goalie Michael Leighton has been claimed on re-entry waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Leighton was placed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes last week and was assigned to the Albany River Rats on Saturday. He was then placed on re-entry waivers by Carolina on Sunday.
A two-time AHL goalie of the year, the 28-year-old Leighton represented Albany at the AHL All-Star Classic in the 2007-08 season.
A veteran of 76 NHL games with Carolina, Philadelphia and Chicago, the ninth-year pro appeared in seven games with the Hurricanes this season, faring 1-4-0 with a 4.29 goals against average.
The Rats edged Hartford, 2-1 in a shootout on Sunday to extend their season-high winning streak to seven games.
Albany (17-10-1-2) — which is also riding a nine-game point streak (8-0-1-0) — is also unbeaten in regulation over this span.
Earlier on Sunday, Carolina reassigned right wing and Rats captain Pat Dwyer and left wing Jiri Tlusty to Albany.
After playing at Lowell on Friday night at 7, the Rats play at Syracuse on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.


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