The Hurricanes said Tuesday that Leighton cleared waivers last week and had been assigned to their AHL affiliate in Albany on Saturday. Because Leighton was claimed on re-entry waivers, the Flyers get him for only half his $600,000 salary.
Leighton was 1-4 with a 4.29 goals-against average in seven games this season with Carolina. He began the year as Cam Ward's backup but became expendable when Ward was hurt and the Hurricanes signed free-agent goalie Manny Legace. Ward was activated Dec. 8.
The move brings Leighton back to Philadelphia, where he went 2-2 in four games in 2006-07, and reunites him with new Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who was with the Hurricanes when they acquired Leighton in a draft-day trade with the Montreal Canadiens in 2007.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.