The Philadelphia Flyers announced that goaltender
Michael Leighton has been placed on re-entry waivers
according to GM Paul Holmgren. Additionally, the
Phantoms have recalled forward Garrett Klotz from
Bloomington (Ill.) of the IHL.
Leighton will have to wait the 24-hour period to
clear re-entry waivers, and during that time can
be picked up by any of the 29 other NHL teams and
be responsible for half of his salary on their cap
with the Flyers paying the other half.
According to the rules of the CBA, if only one
team makes a claim for the player, then he will
be transferred to the claiming team. If more than
one team makes a claim, then the player will be
transferred to the team having the lowest percentage
of possible points in league standings at the time
of the request for waivers.
Leighton is coming off of back-to-back shutouts
with the Adirondack Phantoms this past week. He
currently owns a 14-12-3 record to go along with
a 2.22 goals-against-average and .926 save percentage
in 30 games played. He has five shutouts on the
year with Adirondack as well as his 2.22 GAA which
is sixth in the league. His .926 save percentage
is tied for fifth. His 34 career AHL shutouts are
the most for any modern-era AHL goaltender (since
1975) and place him 6th all-time.
Leighton was originally placed on waivers by the
Flyers on Jan. 3 and he was sent to the Phantoms
the following day.
Phantoms fans have delighted in watching the talented
goalie who helped backstop the Flyers to the Stanley
Cup Finals last year. The Phantoms organization
wish him all the best and congratulate and thank
him on his success and leadership in his time with
Garrett Klotz is a 22 year old forward from Regina,
Sask. who began his third season of pro hockey this
year with the Phantoms appearing in 10 games. He
was loaned to Greenville (SC) of the ECHL on November
19 and played three games for the Road Warriors.
He was later loaned to Bloomington (Ill.) of the
IHL where he played in 49 games for the PrairieThunder.
He scored 9 goals and 24 points for Bloomington
with 129 penalty minutes.
The 6'5" tall left wing was the Flyers' third
round pick (66th overall) in the 2007 NHL entry
draft. He played in 73 games with Adirondack in
2009-10 scoring two goals and four assists with
94 penalty minutes.
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Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms
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