Los Angeles Kings Trade Jason LaBarbera To Vancouver Canucks For 7th Round Pick

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 30, the Los Angeles Kings traded goaltender Jason LaBarbera to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Canucks are without superstar goalie Roberto Luongo, who has missed sixteen games with a groin strain and is listed as week-to-week.

LaBarbera, 28, has struggled this season, with a 5-8-4 record, a 2.83 goals-against average (GAA) and a .893 save percentage.

The 6-3, 225-pound native of Burnaby, British Columbia played in 98 career regular season games for the Kings and the New York Rangers, earning a 34-42-8 record, a 3.00 GAA, a .901 save percentage and four shutouts.

The Kings also assigned forward Trevor Lewis to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affilate and they will recall center Brian Boyle from Manchester on Wednesday.

The Kings now have Erik Ersberg and Jonathan Quick in goal, which will be an upgrade, as LaBarbera has pretty much proven himself to be anything but a number one goaltender at the NHL level. Since he came up with the Kings, he was too slow and relied too much on his size. Because of that, and despite having numerous chances to lock up the number one goaltender position for the Kings, LaBarbera was never able to seize the opportunities given him.

The fact that the Kings got anything in return for LaBarbera, especially given his recent struggles, is a positive and they now have fourteen selections in the 2009 draft.

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