Tag: Michael Leighton

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Blackhawks plan on keeping Darling in the mix


The Chicago Blackhawks wealth in goal has been well documented this season.

While starter Corey Crawford was sidelined both Antti Raanta and Scott Darling stepped in and proved to be NHL-ready netminders.

Raanta is 7-3-0 with a 1.87 G.A.A. and a .939 save percentage this season while Darling is 5-2-0 with a 1.97 G.A.A. and a .937 save percentage.

Darling has spent a bulk of the season in the American Hockey League with the Rockford IceHogs where he has an 11-6-2 record to go along with a 2.13 G.A.A. and a .931 save percentage.

“I think you need that,” general manager Stan Bowman told the Chicago Sun-Times. “If you look around the league, the majority of teams have used three goalies this year. There’s only a couple teams that are just going with their two.

“That’s an area we haven’t had a lot of depth in in the past, and we got through it. But in the future, we’d like to have three goalies that you know can play in the NHL. It’s worked out great this year, and even Michael Leighton’s been dynamite in Rockford, so we really have four goalies that could easily come and play on any night.”

With the trade deadline fast approaching and Darling a pending restricted free agent, Bowman has no intention to use Darling as an asset in a trade.

“He’s a Chicago kid, I know he wants to be with us,” Bowman said. “We’ll get that worked out. I think it’s nice to see that our hopes for him ended up playing out the way we had hoped.”

Leighton, a pending unrestricted free agent, is 3-0-2 with a 0.89 G.A.A. and a .974 save percentage this month with the IceHogs.

Blackhawks assign Regin, Leighton to AHL

Peter Regin

Both Michael Leighton and Peter Regin cleared waivers on Sunday and are off to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League according to Chris Kuc.

Regin, 28, split last season between the Blackhawks and Islanders.

The center suited up in 44 games for New York scoring two goals and seven points.

Regin was dealt to the Blackhawks along with Pierre-Marc Bouchard on Feb. 6 along with a fourth-round pick in 2014.

In 17 games for the Blackhawks last season Regin scored two goals and four points.

Leighton, originally a sixth round pick of the Blackhawks in 1999, spent last season in the KHL where he posted a 20-15-6 record.

According to Kuc, the Blackhawks roster is now down to 27 players.

Teams have to be down to the 23 man roster by 5pm eastern time on Oct. 7.

Veteran goalie Leighton off to KHL

Michael Leighton

The NHL won’t have Michael Leighton to kick around this season.

The former Flyers and, more recently, Blue Jackets goalie is off to the KHL to play for Donbass Donetsk in the Ukraine according to the team’s website.

Leighton is best known as the goalie who helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010, but his career since then has seen him battle injury, bouts in the AHL and a trade to Columbus last season.

Last season, he played in just one game for the Flyers and was bombed on for five goals allowed in a loss to Tampa Bay. With Donbass, he’ll get to suit up with former Flyers teammates Ruslan Fedotenko and Oskars Bartulis.