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Ex-NHLer Leighton’s KHL contract voided due to illness

Michael Leighton had a dominate season in the KHL in 2013-14 and was getting ready to play for the expansion team HC Sochi when he began suffering from an illness that prevented him from attending training camp. Leighton consulted with Sochi and the two sides agreed to void his contract. “I was with Sochi and got sick and wasn’t sure when I was going to be able to make it there...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

A little ramble about the strange place that is the KHL

This isn't Red Wings-related, it's a George's Pet Interest post: Surveying the Russian sports newspapers, you get used to the concept that the KHL's preseason begins in late July, so I wasn't surprised to read the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's report that Michael Leighton had to nix a contract with the Sochi Leopard because Leighton contracted an illness that...
Via Kukla's Korner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Frequent Flyer Miles: Leighton to the KHL, Fritsch will play in Italy, Amorosa commits to Providence College

The biggest news of the week, in terms of where former Philadelphia Flyers went, is Michael Leighton signing in the KHL. The former Flyer did not play a single game as a Columbus Blue Jacket in 2013, as he has joined Donbass Donetsk for the 2013-2014 campaign. Leighton didn’t play a single game for the Flyers in 2011-2012 and only appeared in one game during the 2013 shortened...
Via Flyers Faithful
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Leighton's Bittersweet Legacy, Quick Hits

Leighton Heads to KHL Former Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton, who played in only one game last season prior to being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Steve Mason trade, has signed a one-year contract with KHL team Donbass Donetsk. Among the journeyman goalie's new teammates are Ruslan Fedotenko, who is slated to captain the Ukraine-based club next season...
Via HockeyBuzz
August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

What Will The Flyers Do With Bryzgalov?

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Acquiring the 24-year-old Mason by sending Michael Leighton and a 2015 third-round pick to Columbus created a win-win situation, Holmgren hopes. Seeing that someone is waiting in the wings, Bryzgalov, 32, might be more focused for the stretch run and lead the Flyers to a playoff berth. If he does, the Flyers might decide...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks Claim Sestito on Waivers

Categories: BREAKING NEWSTags: Tom SestitoVancouver CanucksThe Philadelphia Flyers placed goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tom Sestito on waivers on Thursday. Leighton has cleared, and will be sent down to the Adirondack Phantoms. Sestito, on the other hand, will be headed to Vancouver. The Canucks placed an enforcer of their own on waivers on Wednesday. Both the Edmonton...
March 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Expectations for Leighton

Prior to the start of free agency in July, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dropped a broad hint that the team intended to re-sign impending UFA goaltender Michael Leighton to be the backup goaltender. The team signed Leighton to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Leighton's price tag represented an $850,000 cost saving versus Sergei Bobrovsky's salary and also came in...
Via HockeyBuzz
September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Lackluster Day 1 for Flyers in Free Agency

The Philadelphia Flyers and goaltender Michael Leighton agreed to a 1 year, $900,000 contract today. It was the only official move that the Flyers made. Leighton will backup Ilya Bryzgalov in goal. While the day is not over yet, it is, in effect. The Flyers’ top targets in NHL Free Agency which opened today at noon are Winger Zach Parise and Defenseman Ryan Suter.  The Flyers...
Via Philly Sports World
July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Flyers re-sign goalie Leighton on Day 1

The Flyers re-signed free-agent goaltender Michael Leighton on Sunday, the first day of NHL free agency. Leighton, 31, spent most of last season in the AHL, but could be a backup to Flyers starter Ilya Bryzgalov this season. Philadelphia's No. 2 last season, Sergei Bobrovsky, was dealt to Columbus during the NHL draft last month. Originally acquired by the Flyers in December...
Via Fox Sports
July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Flyers bring back Michael Leighton

NHL free agency kicks off today and the Flyers started things off by re-signing a familiar name: Michael Leighton, who signed a one year deal worth $900,000 to be the backup goaltender.  Yep, that's the same Michael Leighton who took the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals and then spent the last two seasons in the AHL.While the move is perplexing initially, there aren't a...
Via All Things Philly Sports
July 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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