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Hurricanes Recall Michael Leighton From Charlotte

The Hurricanes bring back Leighton while returning Daniel Altshuller to the Checkers.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-called goaltender Michael Leighton from Charlotte and have reassigned Daniel Altshuller back to Charlotte. Altshuller served as Cam Ward’s backup during Tuesday’s game versus New Jersey after Eddie Lack was diagnosed with a concussion.

The Checkers are currently on a road trip through the upper Midwest, and Leighton will meet the Canes on their arrival to St. Louis later today. The Canes’ scheduled practice for today was cancelled.

The official press release from the team can be seen here:

Daniel Altshuller reassigned to Checkers

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Michael Leighton from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also reassigned goaltender Daniel Altshuller to Charlotte. Altshuller served as Carolina’s backup goaltender on Tuesday against New Jersey.

Leighton, 35, is 2-1-0 with a 3.53 goals-against average this season for the Hurricanes. The Petrolia, Ont., native ranks eighth among AHL goaltenders this season in goals-against average (2.17) and ninth in save percentage (.923), earning an 8-5-2 record for Charlotte. In 109 career NHL regular-season games, Leighton (6’3”, 186 lbs.) has compiled a 37-42-14 record, a 2.96 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina. He was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round, 165th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes on Sept. 7, 2016.