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Canucks get LaBarbera from Kings for draft pick @NHLdotcom

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Canucks, still missing top goalie Roberto Luongo, added some netminder insurance by acquiring Jason LaBarbera from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft.

LaBarbera will join Curtis Sanford and rookie Cory Schneider, who have been sharing Vancouver's goaltending duties since Luongo was placed on the injured list Nov. 23 because of a groin injury. Luongo resumed skating on his own Tuesday, but isn't expected to be ready for game action for at least three weeks.

Sanford will also be out for a while after sustaining a groin injury Tuesday during the team's morning skate. He felt well enough to start that night's 3-2 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, but was replaced at the start of the second period by backup Schneider.

Sanford was placed on the injured list after the game. LaBarbera is expected to get his first start with the Canucks at Nashville on Thursday.

"We didn't know the severity of it this morning," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of Sanford's injury. "He thought after the warmup that he could go, but you could tell on their first two goals that he wasn't moving properly. At the end of the day he wanted to try and I have to trust his instincts there.

"Injuries are part of the game and the goaltender that we picked up has played some really good games for us in the past. He's an NHL goaltender that is going to get an opportunity to play."

Sanford and Luongo are considered week-to-week.

The 28-year-old LaBarbera went 5-8-4 with a 2.83 goals-against average, an .893 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 games with the Kings this season. The British Columbia native became expendable to Los Angeles because of the improved play by Jonathan Quick, who recorded a pair of shutouts last week.

LaBarbera, selected by the New York Rangers in the third round of the 1998 draft, is 34-42-8 with a 3.00 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and four shutouts in 98 NHL games. He is expected to join the Canucks in Nashville.


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