Tag: Michael Leighton

Chicago Blackhawks v New Jersey Devils

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.

Columbus signs a goalie…but it’s not Bobrovsky


The Columbus Blue Jackets have addressed their goaltending situation for 2013-14, though it’s not in the manner many were expecting.

With the Sergei Bobrovsky negotiations at a standstill, the Jackets inked journeyman Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, one-way deal.

“Curtis is a solid pro who was one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League this past season” Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen said in a release. “He is a veteran goaltender with NHL experience and we believe he’s earned the opportunity to be a part of our team in 2013-14.”

McElhinney, 30, spent last year with Columbus’ AHL affiliate in Springfield, posting a 29-16-3 record with a 2.32 GAA and .923 save percentage — and a franchise-record nine shutouts.

He spent time with the Calgary, Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix organizations before joining Columbus, and has appeared in 69 career NHL contests.

Now, this move is interesting because McElhinney was given a one-way deal, according to the Columbus Dispatch. (The Dispatch also reports it’s a $600,000 salary.)

That all but ensures he’ll be the BJ’s backup next season, a role that was filled by Steve Mason last season (until he was shipped to Philadelphia at the deadline), then Michael Leighton (who didn’t play a single game).

The move also comes on the same day when a report surfaced, claiming that KHL club SKA Saint Petersburg was preparing to make a big money offer for Bobrovsky’s services.

(Image courtesy Springfield Falcons)

PHT’s 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Jarome Iginla

Wednesday, Apr. 3 is the final day for NHL teams to make trades for the 2013 regular season. The deadline is set for 3PM ET — be sure to check back here often as we’ll update the tracker throughout the day.

Here’s a complete list of all trades since Mar. 23:


Apr. 3

To Washington: Martin Erat, Michael Latta
To Nashville: Filip Forsberg (link)

To Minnesota: Jeff Deslauriers
To Anaheim: Future considerations (link)

To Boston: D Wade Redden
To St. Louis: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

To New Jersey: F Steve Sullivan
To Phoenix: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: F Matthew Lombardi
To Phoenix: F Brandon McMillan (link)

To Toronto: D Ryan O’Byrne
To Colorad: 2014 fourth-round pick (link)

To San Jose: F Raffi Torres
To Phoenix: 2013 third-round pick (link)

To Columbus: F Blake Comeau
To Calgary: 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

To Minnesota: F Jason Pominville, 2014 fourth-round pick
To Buffalo: G Matt Hackett, F Johan Larsson, 2013 first-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: G Steve Mason
To Columbus: G Michael Leighton, 2013 third-round pick (link)

To Columbus: F Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, Blake Partlett
To New York Rangers: F Derick Brassard, F Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and 2013 sixth-round pick (link)

To Tampa Bay: G Ben Bishop
To Ottawa: F Cory Conacher, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Pittsburgh: F Jussi Jokinen
To Carolina: 2013 conditional draft pick (link)

To Edmonton: F Jerred Smithson
To Florida: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To San Jose: D Scott Hannan
To Nashville: 2013 sixth-/seventh-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Rob Flick
To Chicago: F Maxime Sauve (link)

Apr. 2

To New York Rangers: F Ryane Clowe
To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 third-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

To Montreal: D Davis Drewiske
To Los Angeles 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Jaromir Jagr
To Dallas: F Lane MacDermid, F Cody Payne, 2013 second-round pick (link)

To Vancouver: F Derek Roy
To Dallas: D Kevin Connauton, 2013 second-round pick (link)

To Colorado: F Tomas Vincour
To Dallas: D Cameron Gaunce (link)

To Phoenix: F Matthew Clackson
To Washington: F Joel Rechlicz (link)

To Carolina: D Marc-Andre Bergeron
To Tampa Bay: F Adam Hall, 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

Apr. 1

To St. Louis: D Jay Bouwmeester
To Calgary: 2013 or ’14 first-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick, G Reto Berra, D Mark Cundari (link)

To Los Angeles: D Robyn Regehr
To Buffalo: 2014 second-round pick, 2015 second-round pick (link)

To Chicago: F Michal Handzus
To San Jose: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: F Harry Zolnierczyk
To Philadelphia: F Jay Rosehill (link)

Mar. 30

To St. Louis: D Jordan Leopold
To Buffalo: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: D Kent Huskins
To Detroit: 2014 seventh-round pick (link)

Mar. 28

To Pittsburgh: F Jarome Iginla
To Calgary: 2013 first-round pick, F Kenneth Agostino, F Ben Hanowski (link)

Mar. 25

To Pittsburgh: D Douglas Murray
To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

Mar. 24

To Pittsburgh: F Brenden Morrow, 2013 third-round pick
To Dallas: D Joe Morrow, 2013 fifth-round pick (link)