In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Penguins made a trade early this afternoon picking up goaltender Michael Leighton from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Josh Archibald and goaltender Sean Maguire.
It’s expected that Leighton, a 36-year-old career minor leaguer, will report to the AHL’s Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins. He has split the season between the Coyotes and the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing 14 AHL games this season, going 4-4-4 with one shutout.
It’s worth noting that Leighton has a history of playing for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, where he played parts of three season under Rutherford as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2007-2010.
While Leighton’s not likely to challenge for the starter’s role any time soon, he’s a veteran presence with a history of stellar play in the AHL. He’s a five-time AHL All-Star and is a former AHL Goaltender of the Year.
So, what’s your take? Does Leighton give the Penguins the stability they need between the pipes?