Flyers claim Leighton off waivers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Michael Leighton has been claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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.