NHL Notes: Blackhawks sign Michael Leighton

NHL Notes: Blackhawks sign Michael Leighton
August 18, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Michael Leighton has a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 GAA in parts of eight seasons with the Blackhawks, Predators, Flyers and Hurricanes. (USA Today Images)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old Leighton provides some organizational depth behind starter Corey Crawford and backup Antti Raanta. Barring injury, he could spend much of the year with Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford.

Leighton was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round of the 1999 draft and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in January 2003. He has a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 goals-against average in parts of eight seasons with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina.

Leighton was in goal for Philadelphia when Patrick Kane scored in overtime in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, giving the Blackhawks the title.

The Blackhawks announced the contract on Monday.

Sabres: Buffalo to host NHL combine next 2 years
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NHL's pre-draft scouting combine will be held in Buffalo the next two seasons.

NHL Vice President Colin Campbell on Monday called Buffalo a "natural fit" in announcing the league's decision at a news conference with the Sabres.

The combine had been held outside Toronto, inside a convention center that provided no on-ice testing and little room for fans.

The Pittsburgh Penguins also were finalists to host the combine, but Campell said Buffalo was "heads and toes above everyone else."

Scouts, general managers and coaches from all 30 teams attend the NHL scouting combine to gain information on more than 100 prospects (see full story).

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