Canadiens claim Leighton, Krog back to Wolves

The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, announced Tuesday the acquisition of goaltender Michael Leighton, claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Leighton, 25, ranks second in the American Hockey League with a 2.14 goals-against average with Portland and Philadelphia in 2006-07. He is 10-6-3 with two shutouts and a .920 save percentage in his 21 appearances, and shows a record of 100-80-21 with 22 shutouts in 208 career AHL matches. Leighton was an AHL All-Star and an All-Rookie Team selection with Norfolk in 2001-02.

In five NHL games with Philadelphia and Nashville this season, Leighton is 2-2-0. The native of Petrolia, Ont., has played in 47 career NHL games with the Flyers, the Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks, posting a record of 10-23-10 with a 3.04 GAA, a .900 save percentage and three shutouts.

Leighton was the Blackhawks’ sixth-round draft pick (165th overall) in 1999.

krog2_200.jpgIn another NHL waiver move on Tuesday, Jason Krog was reclaimed by Atlanta Thrashers. Krog began the season in the Thrashers organization and tallied 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points in just 25 games for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

Atlanta has assigned Krog to the Wolves, where he returns with a 25-game scoring streak intact.