The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports it's a two-way contract that pays $575,000 at the NHL level.
Leighton, 34, compiled a 22-13-4 record, 2.26 goals against average, .920 save percentage, and five shutouts last season with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs, good enough to be named the team's MVP.
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He also registered a 2.58 GAA and a .919 save percentage in eight playoff games.
The move comes days after goaltender Antti Raanta was shipped to the New York Rangers, so the re-signing shouldn't come as a surprise. Although Scott Darling is expected to be the backup goaltender heading into the 2015-16 season, Leighton gives the Blackhawks some depth and experience at the position, and returns at a cheap cost.
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The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.