With the Blackhawks goalie situation being in turmoil, General Manager Stan Bowman decided to address the issue. Today the Blackhawks announced a trade. The Blackhawks acquired Jason LaBarbera from the Edmonton Oilers. In return the Oilers received future considerations from the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks acquired LaBarbera because of injuries to Corey Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin. Crawford will be out for three weeks with a lower body injury. Khabibulin is also out with a lower body injury, he hasn’t even resumed skating as of yet. Antti Raanta has played well in the place of Crawford record 5-0-1 with a 92.6% save percentage and 2.12 goals against. Kent Simpson has been recalled from Rockford to backup Raanta.
LaBarbera was deemed expendable by the Oilers when they acquired Ilya Bryzgalov. Brzygalov is still on injured reserve with concussion like systems. LaBarbera is 1-3-0 on the season with 87% save percentage and 3.28 goals against. For his career LaBarbera is 60-73 with 90.7% save percentage and 2.86 goals against. LaBarbera has played with the New York Rangers, La Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, and the Edmonton Oilers.
LaBarBera will report to the Rockford Ice Hogs. The Blackhawks also signed Allen York to a professional tryout with the Rockford Ice Hogs earlier this week. York is 0-0-1 with a .94 goals against and 96.6 save percentage.