RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Michael Leighton from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also reassigned goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to Charlotte.
Leighton, 35, is 2-1-0 with a 3.53 goals-against average this season for the Hurricanes. The Petrolia, Ont., native ranks tied for ninth among AHL goaltenders this season in goals-against average (2.32) and tied for 10th in save percentage (.918), earning an 8-6-3 record for Charlotte. In 109 career NHL regular-season games, Leighton (6'3", 186 lbs.) has compiled a 37-42-14 record, a 2.96 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina. He was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round, 165th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes on Sept. 7, 2016.