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Coyotes trade Domingue to Lightning for veteran Leighton

Coyotes trade Domingue to Lightning for veteran Leighton

The Arizona Coyotes traded goaltender Louis Domingue to Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for veteran puck stopper Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn on Tuesday.

Originally drafted by the Coyotes in 2010 in the fifth round (138th overall), Domigue appeared in 84 career NHL games for the franchise, securing 27 wins with a .906 save percentage and 3.00 goals-against average.

The 25-year-old was placed on waivers at the end of October after the Coyotes acquired Scott Wedgewood from New Jersey, but went unclaimed.

Domingue was subsequently demoted to the Tucson Roadrunners, Arizona’s AHL affiliate, then recalled at the start of November before being demoted again on Nov. 7 as the Coyotes sought some stability between the pipes after a rocky start to the 2017-18 campaign.

Tuesday’s trade to the Lightning offers the former Québec Remparts goaltender a fresh start which might help revitalise what some considered to be a promising career.

Leighton has played in 110 NHL games to date, representing the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators since making his NHL debut in 2002.

The 36-year-old also helped backstop the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were beaten by the Blackhawks, the franchise that drafted him in 1999. It’s ironic Leighton’s trade comes on the same day Annti Niemi is claimed by the Montreal Canadiens off waivers, his third team already this season, because Leighton was once part of four different NHL teams as the result of waiver claims in 2006-07, playing for the Flyer and Predators after starting the year with the Anaheim Ducks and finishing the season with the Montreal Canadiens.

Leighton joins Marek Langhamer, Adin Hill and Hunter Miska on the Coyotes depth chart, while Wedgewood and Antti Raanta continue to serve as the franchise first choice pairing. With three promising young goalies in the minors already, however, it’s not a slam dunk Leighton ends up in the AHL with the Coyotes.

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).