Leighton, McGinn head to desert

Photo: Scott Thomas

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Tye McGinn and goaltender Michael Leighton from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Louis Domingue.

McGinn has recorded two goals and three assists in 11 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch this season. Last year, McGinn was limited by injury to 21 regular-season games with the Crunch and tallied 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points. He went on to skate in 22 postseason games, registering five goals and 11 assists for 16 points as Syracuse advanced to the Calder Cup Finals. It was the first playoff trip of McGinn’s six-year pro career.

In 267 AHL games with Syracuse and Adirondack, McGinn has totaled 78 goals and 69 assists for 147 points.

A 27-year-old native of Fergus, Ont., McGinn was a fourth-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2010. He has appeared in 89 career NHL games with the Flyers, San Jose, Arizona and Tampa Bay, notching nine goals and eight assists for 17 points.

Leighton, a five-time AHL All-Star, appeared in nine AHL games with Syracuse this season, going 3-3-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and an .868 save percentage.

The AHL’s career leader in shutouts (49), Leighton has appeared in 474 career AHL games with a record of 235-175-46, ranking fifth all-time in victories and eighth among goaltenders in games played. Leighton has also played 28 Calder Cup Playoff games, going 13-12 with a 1.67 GAA, a .946 save percentage and five shutouts in the postseason.

The Petrolia, Ontario, native has also played in 110 career NHL games, posting a record of 37-43-14 with a 2.98 goals-against average, a .900 save percentage and four shutouts. Leighton has also appeared in 16 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering a 8-4 record to go along with a 2.54 GAA and .912 save percentage. He started for the Flyers during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Chicago in six games.

Leighton was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round, 165th overall, at the 1999 NHL Draft.

Domingue, 25, was 0-6-0 in seven NHL appearances with Arizona this season. He has played 84 games in his NHL career, going 27-41-7 with a 3.00 GAA, a .906 save percentage and two shutouts.

Drafted by the Coyotes in 2010, Domingue has played 71 games in the AHL with Arizona’s affiliates in Portland and Springfield, going 27-30-3 with a 3.09 GAA, a .902 save percentage and two shutouts.