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Canucks sign goaltender Michael Leighton

...Leighton has been designated for assignment to Utica

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract. Leighton has been designated for assignment to the Utica Comets.

Leighton, 37, has split the 2018.19 season with the Ontario Reign (.859 save percentage with 1-1-0 record in 3 GP) and Utica Comets (.915 save percentage with a 6-1-0 record in 7 GP). 

Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1999, the Petrolia, Ont., native is a four-time AHL All-Star, was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2001.02 and won the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding goaltender in 2007.08. In postseason play, Leighton owns the AHL records for saves in a single game (98, in a five-overtime loss on Apr. 24, 2008) and for lowest GAA in a single playoff year (1.18, in 2008). 

In the National Hockey League, Leighton has played 111 regular-season games with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina. He reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010, going 8-3 with three shutouts in 14 games that postseason.

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