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updated: 8/18/2014 11:05 AM

Blackhawks bring back reserve goalie Leighton

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With an eye toward improving the play in Rockford, the Chicago Blackhawks have reunited with veteran goaltender Michael Leighton.

Team officials announced Monday they have agreed to a one-year contract with the 33-year-old Leighton, who played with them from 2002-2004.

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Leighton has appeared in 105 NHL regular-season games over parts of eight seasons with the Hawks, Nashville (2006-07), Philadelphia (2006-07; 2009-13) and Carolina (2007-09).

After being drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round in 1999, Leighton appeared in 42 contests over two seasons with the club.

The Petrolia, Ontario, native spent last season with the KHL's Donbass Donetsk, where he was part of a goaltending tandem that set a team record for fewest goals allowed in the regular season.

Leighton has a record of 171-144-29 in 354 American Hockey League games.

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