LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera (from his conditioning assignment) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.
LaBarbera, 25, appeared in three games with the Monarchs, posting a record of 1-1-1, a 3.25 goals-against-average and a .907 save-percentage, after being assigned by the Kings to Manchester on January 11 on a conditioning assignment. The 6-3, 230-pound native of Burnaby, British Columbia, has also appeared in 16 games with the Kings this season, posting a record of 8-6-2, a 3.10 goals-against-average and a .892 save-percentage. LaBarbera began the season with five consecutive wins to tie the franchise mark (held by Daniel Berthiaume) for most wins by a Kings goaltender to start a season.
Originally selected by the New York Rangers in the third-round (66th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, LaBarbera was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on August 2, 2005. In 21 career regular season NHL games with the Kings and the Rangers, LaBarbera has a 9-8-2 record, a 3.38 goals-against-average and a .881 save-percentage.
The Kings (28-17-2, 58 points) open a four-game homestand at STAPLES Center tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. versus Tampa Bay. The contest will air on FSN West, KSPN Radio 710 and along the Kings Radio Network.
Kings center Jeremy Roenick is scheduled to be the guest on the club's live TV pre-game show, "Break the Ice," and he is slated to serve as a "guest commentator" during the second period of the Kings-Lightning broadcast with Kings broadcasters Bob Miller and Jim Fox.