Labarbara's career save % is .901, thats not bad. 3.00 GAA but played for some brutal teams.
I have not watched him enough to fully evaluate him, but he appears to be an okay journeyman. Were the fans now trashing him the same ones who thought he was going to be a star goalie because of his AHL success?
The kings fans see him as a failed potential number one goalie. In the perspective of Labarbara as a backup or 3rd string stop gap goalie, he should be okay.
Seriously, this isn't bad for you guys. A seventh really is a bargain, for a guy who can fill in until you get Luongo back. He's low-maintenance to boot--play Metallica for him, feed him occasionally, and keep his pads inflated, and he's a happy camper.
All kidding aside, Labs has game, somewhere behind those pads. We've seen it here, but it's been a while. His first few months up looked like he was the next (insert your favorite goalie), but he went through some family stuff, and around the same time he almost literally fell apart. Never really been the same, plus he got caught in a roster/financial pinch here that forced him into another year in the A when he didn't deserve to be there.
A change of scenery and some confidence could do wonders for him, and while the Kings tried to give him that, maybe being home and around the family gives him the boost he needs.
According to NHLscap, Labarbera's cap hit is $850,000 and he's a UFA at the end of the year. As a starting goalie, not very desirable. But he's being brought in for depth, to alternate/play back-up to Sanford. I think this was a pretty good move to solidify our goaltending situation until Luongo's return. I give it a thumbs up. Only a 7th round pick for a guy who is actually playing in the NHL? Better than the Oullete deal...or the Noronen one...