Flyers Claim Goalie Michael Leighton Off Re-Entry Waivers

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IDecember 15, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Goaltender Michael Leighton #49 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a save during their NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 28, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres defeated the Hurricanes 5-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Flyers have found a short-term fix for their goaltender situation, claiming goalie Michael Leighton off re-entry waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday.

Leighton has appeared in seven games for the 'Canes this year, posting a 4.28 goals-against average, a record of 1-4-0, and a .848 save percentage.

He allowed six goals against the Flyers on Oct. 31 in Carolina's 6-1 loss to Philadelphia.

This will be Leighton's second stint with the Orange 'n Black as he played four games with the Flyers in the 2006-07 season when Robert Esche was injured. He was 2-2-0 with a 3.70 GAA with Philadelphia before being waived.

Leighton will backup Brian Boucher for the time being while Ray Emery recovers from surgery.

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