The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Milan Bartovic from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton.
Leighton, 24, has played most of the last four years with the Norfolk Admirals, compiling a record of 75-52-17 with 18 shutouts in 147 appearances. An AHL All-Star and All-Rookie Team member in 2001-02, Leighton appeared in 41 games with the Admirals in 2004-05, going 20-16-3 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage with seven shutouts.
Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Leighton has appeared in 42 career NHL games with the Blackhawks. He is 8-21-10 with three shutouts in his NHL career.
Milan Bartovic has spent most of the last four seasons with Rochester.
Bartovic, 24, has spent the last four seasons with the Rochester Americans, totaling 62 goals and 51 assists for 113 points in 270 games. He recorded 28 points (10g, 18a) in 69 outings with the Amerks in 2004-05.
Bartovic was originally Buffalo’s second-round choice, 35th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 26 NHL games with the Sabres, recording two goals and eight assists for 10 points.