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Ducks Recall LaBarbera, Wagner from Norfolk (AHL); Reassign Gibson to Norfolk

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera and center/right wing Chris Wagner from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender John Gibson to Norfolk.

In addition, the Ducks have placed defenseman Bryan Allen and left wing Patrick Maroon on Injured Reserve.

LaBarbera, 34 (1/18/80), has appeared in 182 career NHL games, going 60-73-19 with six shutouts, a 2.86 goals-against average (GAA) and .907 save percentage (SV%) with the NY Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix and Edmonton. LaBarbera set career highs in wins (17) and appearances (45) in 2007-08 with Los Angeles and recorded a career-best two shutouts in 2008-09 with Los Angeles and 2010-11 with Phoenix.

Selected by the New York Rangers in the third round (66th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, LaBarbera stopped 33-of-37 shots for a 5-4 victory in his season debut on Oct. 11 vs. Hershey.

Wagner, 23 (5/27/91), was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 12, 2014 after scoring four goals (4-0=4) with a +3 rating and two penalty minutes (PIM). Wagner recorded his second career AHL hat trick, including a career-high two shorthanded goals, in a 5-4 win on Oct. 11 vs. Hershey. At the time of his recall, Wagner co-led the AHL in goals and ranked tied for second in scoring.

Selected in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Wagner has scored 26-27=53 points with a +2 rating and 135 PIM in 148 career AHL games with Norfolk. The 6-0, 202-pound forward has yet to make his NHL debut.

Gibson, 21 (7/14/93), made his NHL debut last season with Anaheim, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 GAA and .954 SV% in three games. He became the youngest NHL goalie (20 years, 297 days) since Buffalo's Darren Puppa (Nov. 1, 1985 @ EDM; 20 years, 223 days) to record a shutout in his NHL debut after stopping all 18 shots for a 3-0 win, Apr. 7 @ VAN.

Selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (39th overall), Gibson made his season debut on Oct. 9 at Pittsburgh, stopping 33-of-39 shots in a 6-4 loss. The 6-3, 216-pound goaltender has appeared in 46 career AHL games with Norfolk, going 21-17-4 with five shutouts, a 2.37 GAA and .918 SV%.

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