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Coyotes Sign LaBarbera to Two-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, June 6, 2011

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Jason LaBarbera to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Jason to a new contract,” said Maloney. “Jason is a quality NHL goaltender who has played well for us and been an extremely reliable player. We look forward to having him back next season.”

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound LaBarbera played in 17 games with the Coyotes, posting a 7-6-3 record with a 3.26 goals against average (GAA), a .909 save percentage and two shutouts. LaBarbera and Ilya Bryzgalov combined for nine shutouts in 2010-11, tying the franchise record for a season. LaBarbera also recorded a team season high 46 saves on March 18 in a 3-1 victory versus the Vancouver Canucks.

In 2009-10, the 31-year-old native of Burnaby, British Columbia finished the season with an 8-5-1 record and setting career highs in GAA (2.13) and save percentage (.928). In addition, LaBarbera posted a career-long shutout streak of 120:48 from February 5 to March 14 and had a 6-1 record in shootouts.

In seven NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and the Coyotes, LaBarbera has played in 141 NHL games posting a record of 52-55-14 with a 2.90 GAA, a .906 save percentage and six shutouts. In 34 games with the Coyotes, he has recorded a 15-11-4 record with a 2.69 GAA, a .918 save percentage and 2 shutouts.

LaBarbera signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1, 2009. He was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round (66th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
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