Columbus has been stating for weeks that its goaltending situation was unacceptable and either Weekes or Leighton had to go for a superior replacement.
That was accomplished today... when news of Leighton's NHL future, or lack thereof hit the offices, GM Trotta was insistent that he be sent out for a backup with NHL experience, and NHL future. Seeing Brent Johnson land in Washington to back up Kolzig was all Trotta needed to see and the deal was pulled between the Jackets and Lightning.
Leaving with Leighton are journeyman and much maligned defenseman Cory Cross and a 3rd round pick (florida).
"we have a backup now that can easily push Weekes, and might just have what it takes to re-energize his career... as a 75OV in the CPHL, he gives us a lot of options goaltending wise."