On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced the team has signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract. He will likely start the year in Rockford.
Last season, Leighton posted a .933 save percentage in 42 games with Donbass in the KHL. He last appeared in the NHL with the Flyers in 2012-13.
Leighton, 33, was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was the starting netminder for the Flyers during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, losing the series to the Hawks.
Leighton and Scott Darling have both signed contracts with the Blackhawks this summer, a strong indication that the organization wasn’t happy with the play between the pipes in Rockford last year.