ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned goaltender Dany Sabourin to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Sabourin, 30, signed with the Caps as an unrestricted free agent in July. He went 1-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in three preseason games for the Capitals.
A 6’4”, 200-pound native of Val-d’Or, Quebec, Sabourin (SA-boo-rihn) is in his 11th year as a professional. He has played 57 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. Sabourin spent 2009-10 with the Providence Bruins in the AHL, posting a 28-27-0 record in 56 appearances with a 2.67 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts. He finished third in the AHL in saves (1,579), fourth in minutes (3,278) and tied for sixth in wins.
Sabourin played 43 games in the NHL in 2007-08 and ’08-09 while with the Penguins, posting a 16-17-3 record in that time. Last season marked the first time since the 2004-05 work stoppage that he didn’t play at least one game at the NHL level. He was named the AHL’s top goaltender in 2005-06 when he led the league with a 2.26 goals-against average with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Sabourin was originally a fourth-round choice, 108th overall, of Calgary in the 1998 NHL Draft.