LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.
LaBarbera, 27, was named the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award (given to the most outstanding goaltender in the American Hockey League) and named a First Team AHL All-Star after posting a record of 39-20-1, seven shutouts, a goals-against-average of 2.21 and a save-percentage of .933 in 62 games with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL), the primary affiliate of the Kings, this past season. LaBarbera led all AHL goaltenders in appearances (62), wins (39), save-percentage (.933), minutes played (3,619), shots faced (1,995) and saves (1,862), and he tied for second in the league with seven shutouts while leading the Monarchs to an Atlantic Division championship. He also was voted to be a starter for the Canadian team at the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic and was the Rbk X-Pulse AHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
LaBarbera also had a record of 6-7, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.77 and a save-percentage of .911 in 13 postseason games with the Monarchs, who advanced to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history this past postseason.
LaBarbera began his Kings career in 2005-06 by winning his first five games of the season to tie a club record (also held by Daniel Berthiaume, 1990-91) and he finished the season with a record of 11-9-2, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 3.25 and a save-percentage of .907. He was also the winning goalie in the Kings’ first ever shootout game, a 3-2 win vs. Nashville on Nov. 5, 2005. LaBarbera faced a career-high 40 shots versus Calgary on April 15, 2006 (2-1 shootout win), and he recorded his first-ever NHL shutout in the last game of the 2005-06 season, making 31 saves in a 4-0 victory at San Jose on April 17, 2006.
LaBarbera, a 6-3, 230-pound native of Burnaby, British Columbia, has a record of 12-11-2, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 3.11 and a save-percentage of .891 in 34 career regular season NHL games with the Kings and the New York Rangers.
LaBarbera was originally selected by the Rangers in the third-round (86th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.