PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers each tried to shore up a weak spot by swapping backup goaltenders Saturday, with the Penguins acquiring Mathieu Garon for Dany Sabourin, minor league forward Ryan Stone and a fourth-round draft pick in 2011.
The deal involves two goalies who weren't satisfying their teams. Sabourin, at 28, is three years younger than Garon.
"Addressing our goaltending situation was a high priority for us," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. "Moving forward, we believe we've accomplished that as well as acquiring some valuable assets for our organization."
The Penguins, losers of eight of 10 before beating Anaheim 3-1 on Friday night, have been troubled by sub-par goaltending while going 10-16-1 since mid-November. Sabourin, a third-teamer last season, is 6-8-2 with an .898 save percentage that ranked 36th in the league and a 2.85 goals-against average.
Garon has similar numbers - a 6-8 record, an .895 save percentage and a 3.17 goals-against average - but was Edmonton's starter in 2007-08 before losing his job to Dwayne Roloson. Last season, Garon was 26-18-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average.
Garon made 37 saves while beating Colorado 3-2 on Friday, his first start since Dec. 30. He had played only a 40-minute relief stint during the team's previous 14 games.
The 31-year-old Garon has played all or part of eight seasons with the Canadiens, Kings and Oilers, winning a career-high 31 games with Los Angeles in 2005-06.
Starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is having a down season since helping lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals last season, and the team hopes adding Garon will give him a boost. Fleury is 14-11-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.94 goals-against average, missing a month from mid-November until mid-December with a groin injury.
Stone, a second-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2003, has nine goals and 19 assists in 38 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) this season. He has one assist in eight career NHL games.