The Adirondack Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have announced a few player moves according to interim Head Coach John Paddock. Forward Brendan Connolly has been sent back to Greenville (SC) of the ECHL following his PTO with the Phantoms. And Matt Walker and Michael Leighton have both ended their conditioning stints with the Phantoms and have returned to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Connolly played in three games for the Phantoms last weekend recording no points and two penalty minutes. He is first on the Greenville Road Warriors in goals with 13 and second in points with 28. The 24 year old from Canmore, Alberta is in his third season of professional hockey and was making his AHL debut. He spent 2008-09 and 2009-10 with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL after concluding his NCAA career at Ferris State University.
NHL veteran Matt Walker played in three games with the Phantoms recording one assist. He has not appeared in a regular season game for the Flyers this season. The 30 year old from Beaverlodge, Alberta underwent surgery on October 20 to repair a torn labrum and bony impingement in his right hip. Walker appeared in four preseason games this year, scoring one goal and posting 10 PIM along with a minus-2 rating. He was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for Simon Gagne on July 19, 2010.
Walker has played in 306 NHL games mostly with the St. Louis Blues from 2002-08. He played with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09 and with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10.
Leighton, 29, is in his ninth NHL season, his third with the Flyers. He played in four games with the Phantoms from December 4-11 going 1-3-0, 2.78, .906. He recorded his first win as an Adirondack Phantom and first in the AHL since 2007-08 in a 5-2 decision at the Syracuse Crunch on December 10.
The native of Petrolia, Ontario signed a two-year contract extension on June 30, 2010. He underwent back surgery on October 11, a partial discectomy, performed by Dr. Alex Vacarro at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia.
In the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Leighton made his NHL postseason debut when he entered in relief of Brian Boucher in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Boston. He helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final, recording an 8-3 mark with a 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage in 14 games. During the Eastern Conference Final vs. Montreal, he set a Flyers franchise record by posting three shutouts in the series to help the Flyers capture their first Eastern Conference Championship since 1997.
In the 2009-10 regular season, Leighton compiled a 16-5-2 record to go along with a 2.48 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 27 regular-season appearances, including one shutout. He was acquired by the Flyers off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec.15, 2009 and went unbeaten in regulation in his first 10 starts (Dec. 23, 2009 through Jan. 12, 2010), posting a record of 8-0-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .928 save percentage. Leighton was named the NHL's 'Second Star' of the week ending Feb. 14 after going 4-0-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .925 save percentage. He went on to set a new career high for wins in a season (17).
In 103 NHL games with the Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, and Carolina Hurricanes over parts of nine NHL seasons, Leighton has a career record of 34-40-10-4, a 2.94 GAA, .902 save percentage, and four shutouts.
Phantoms Upcoming Games
Wednesday, December 15 - Connecticut at Adirondack - 7 p.m.
Friday, December 17 - Hershey at Adirondack - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 18 - Abbotsford at Adirondack - 7 p.m.
Bring a new, packaged toy or a non-perishable food item and get a free ticket for either the Wednesday or Friday night Phantoms game. Wednesday night is Check It Out Night. Show your library card and receive $3 off adult tickets, or get kids tickets for only $5. Friday night is $1 hot dog night. Saturday is Phantoms T-Shirt Night for the first 2,500 fans courtesy of Papa John's.
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The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6 million fans attend AHL games every year.
Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey! A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.