Michael Leighton is coming back home. Leighton was drafted by the Blachawks in 1999 with the 165th selection overall. Leighton appeared in 42 games in three seasons with the last one in the 2003-2004 season with a record of 8-21-10 before getting traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 2005. He did pitch a shutout in his first outing with the Blackhawks before the losses started to mount.
The thing I remember most about Leighton was how the Blackhawks beat him regularly in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010 when he was in net for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was the reason the Flyers made the Finals but he didn’t carry them to the promise land.
This signing is probably for depth in Rockford or could possibly be a backup for Corey Crawford so that Antti Raanta can get some games under his belt in Rockford. More likely Rockford since the depth down there is pretty rough.
A rare August signing for the Hawks. What do you think? Will we ever see Leighton in Chicago?
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