Michael Leighton - #49 - Goaltender -
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Leighton provides some organizational depth behind starter Corey Crawford and backup Antti Raanta. Barring injury, he could spend much of the year with Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford.
Impact: Leighton was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round of the 1999 draft and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in January 2003. He has a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 goals-against average in parts of eight seasons with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina.
Nathan Horton - #8 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 229lbs
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horton (abdomen) has spent the offseason building up his lower- and upper-body strength, and should be at full health for training camp in September, the Jackets' official site reports.
Impact: Horton's first season in Columbus was mostly forgettable, as his recovery from shoulder surgery last summer pushed back his debut to Jan. 2, only for the forward to require season-ending abdominal surgery three months later. Though durability has been an issue for Horton the last few seasons, the Blue Jackets are still optimistic he can stay healthy and reemerge as a 20-goal scorer this season. Horton is expected to open the 2014-15 campaign on a line with up-and-coming forwards Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner, which gives him plenty of upside as a late-round target in fantasy drafts.