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Flyers Claim Denis Hamel on Waivers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Leighton claimed by Montreal

(February 27) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have acquired 6'1", 200-pound forward Denis Hamel (deh-NEE ha-MEHL) on waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren. In addition, the team announced that goaltender Michael Leighton was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens.

Hamel, 29, recorded five goals and three assists for eight points and 10 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Thrashers and Ottawa Senators this season. He scored a goal in three games for Atlanta after being claimed on waivers from Ottawa on February 10, 2007. In 43 games for the Senators, Hamel posted seven points (4G,3A) and 10 penalty minutes.

Over parts of seven NHL seasons with Buffalo (1999-2000 through 2002-03), Ottawa (2003-04 to 2006-07) and Atlanta (2006-07), Hamel has registered 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points and 77 penalty minutes in 185 regular season games.

In 77 regular season games for Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, during the 2005-06 season, Hamel recorded 56 goals and 35 assists for 91 points and 65 penalty minutes. His 56 goals were tied for first in the AHL (also tied for the eighth most in a single season in AHL history). He also set an AHL record for power play goals in a season with 27.

Over part of seven AHL seasons (1997-98 through 1999-2000 and 2002-03 through 2005-06), Hamel registered 211 goals and 188 assists for 399 points and 661 penalty minutes in 507 regular season games.

He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the sixth round (153rd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Leighton, 25, registered a 2-2-0 record and 3.93 goals-against average in five games this season for the Nashville Predators and the Flyers. In four games with the Flyers, he posted a 2-2-0 record and 3.69 GAA. He was acquired by the Flyers on waivers from Nashville on January 11, 2007.
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