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Michael Leighton Claimed By Philadelphia; Aaron Ward Clears Waivers

Goaltender Michael Leighton has been claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers on re-entry waivers, the Hurricanes announced via their Twitter account. With Ray Emery injured, the Flyers were in need of another NHL goalie to assist backup Brian Boucher with the workload. Leighton is 1-4-0 this season with a.848 save percentage and 4.29 goals-against average. Leighton was outplayed by Manny Legace — who was acquired when Cam Ward injured by the skate of Columbus' Rick Nash Nov. 7 — and was placed on waivers upon Ward's return from the long-term injury list.

This will be Leighton's second stint with Philadelphia. He spent part of the 2006-07 season with the Flyers, who claimed him off waivers from Nashville Jan. 7, 2007. He was 2-2-0 during his brief time with the Flyers. 

(UPDATE: Paul Branecky now has a story up on Leighton being claimed)

In related news, defenseman Aaron Ward went unclaimed through waivers. 

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