LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
LaBarbera, 25, played in 53 games this past season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. With the Wolf Pack, the 6-3, 224-pound native of Prince George, British Columbia, had a 31-16-2 record, six shutouts, a 1.84 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .934 save percentage. LaBarbera’s GAA ranked second amongst all AHL netminders, his save-percentage ranked third, his win total was seventh and his shutouts were tied for eighth best.
“We like Jason’s game quite a bit and look forward to him playing an integral role with the Kings this year,” said Taylor. “Having added another promising goaltender in Mathieu Garon last summer, and watching him play and continue to develop with our AHL club this past season in Manchester, we like the fact that we have a couple of solid, young goaltenders who should continue to grow and prosper with the Kings.”
LaBarbera has also played in five career NHL games, all with the Rangers. During the 2003-04 season he posted a 1-2-0 record and a 4.85 GAA in four games. He also had an assist. In 2000-01, he made his NHL debut and played in one game on October 14, 2000, at Pittsburgh.
Originally selected by the Rangers in the third-round (66th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, LaBarbera in 2003-04 with Hartford played in 59 games had a 34-9-9 record, a 1.59 GAA (second best in the AHL) and a .936 save-percentage (tied for third best). His 34 wins and 13 shutouts led the AHL. In 1997-98 helped the Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League) capture the Memorial Cup with an 18-4-0 record and a 3.31 GAA average in 23 contests.