With the Family Day weekend in the rearview mirror, it appears that the Canucks have added some more goaltending depth.
On waivers: Eaves (ANA), Haley (FLA), McCollum (NASH), Leighton (VAN)
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 19, 2019
Leighton was a professional tryout with the Comets on January 15th and has won his last six straight starts after starting the year at 1-2-0 (two of those games with the Ontario Reign). He is now 7-2-0 with 3.06 GAA and 0.899 SV%.
Why there is reason to believe that the Canucks have signed him to a deal is because he was placed on waivers this morning and the organization is waiving him to send him back to the Comets. If he was still on the PTO, then there would be no reason for him to be on waivers.
It appears that the Canucks are insulating themselves further in net to ensure that they don’t run into issues for the last parts of the season. With Jacob Markstrom going through some nagging tightness and Thatcher Demko still working his way back from a knee injury, there was no harm in getting some more depth there. Once everyone is healthy, the Canucks will have the Markstrom and Demko tandem in Vancouver and then newly acquired Marek Mazanec and newly signed Michael Leighton for the Comets. That’s if everyone can get back to 100% health.
At the very least, they give a stable presence for the Comets in case injuries come back through the Canucks.
The official announcement, term, and financials should be released at some point later today
*Update* Canucks officially announced the deal
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 19, 2019