Phoenix Coyotes Sign Jason LaBarbera for 2 Year, 2 Million Dollar Deal


Jason LaBarbera

#30 / Goalie / Phoenix Coyotes

6-3

225

Jan 18, 1980

GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jason LaBarbera 28 1446 8 10 6 0 67 2.78 674 607 .901 2

The Coyotes announced just a little while ago that they signed Jason LaBarbera to a two year deal worth 1 million per year. This gives the Coyotes an actual backup goalie to Bryzgalov instead of rushing Tordjman or Montoya up to the big league. LaBarbera was traded to Vancouver from LA last year to back up Luongo. He didn't do a terrible job there, but he did go 3-3-2 with a .915 sv% after going to Vancouver. So maybe if our boys can play a bit better than the Kings were he could do alright.

What he likely wont do is chase Ilya Bryzgalov from the starting spot, or really challenge him or push him at all. Bryz could use someone with that ability to get him to the next level and Jason isn't that guy. I'm glad it's a relatively short and cheap deal though as Montoya could be ready very soon.

 

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