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Leighton on Re-Entry Waivers; Klotz Returns to Phantoms





April 6, 2011





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 the Phantoms.


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.


Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms - Fan Appreciation Night - Last home game of the year featuring many great giveaways including autographed Phantoms memorabilia.

Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Manchester Monarchs

Saturday, April 9, 7:05 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Sunday, April 10, 3:05 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Phantoms Season Tickets for 2011-12 are on sale now! Full season ticket holders get an Adirondack Phantoms stadium blanket while supplies last and also will be in the Phantoms mug club for $1 sodas and coffees in Heritage Hall all season long.

Join us at the Glens Falls Civic Center for exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey, the top affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages and flex-packs.

Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects. 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.





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