The Blackhawks have announced the signing of veteran goalie Michael Leighton to a one year deal.

Leighton, who was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the 1999 draft, has quite a history with Chicago, most notably on the opposite end of the ice. In 2004, Leighton was traded from Chicago to Buffalo, and then went on to make short appearances with Anaheim and Nashville, and then finally landed in Philly in 2007. 

It was with Philadelphia that Leighton made his biggest impact with the Hawks, as Patrick Kane scored his overtime-winning goal in Game 6  of the Stanley Cup Final to defeat Philly, with Leighton in net, clinching the Hawks first cup in 49 years.

Now, things are a bit different, and while the Hawks are still a contender for the Cup, Leighton will not be a starting goaltender. It appears that Leighton will most-likely start the season with Rockford in the AHL, however, if he plays well enough, he could provide some competition for Antti Raanta for the Hawks back-up role.

Of course, neither Raanta nor Leighton will take the starting role from Corey Crawford, however, Leighton could provide an interesting situation when the Hawks need to decide which back-up to roll with throughout the year.

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