The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Jason LaBarbera to a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced.
The 35-year-old split the 2014-15 season between the Anaheim Ducks and Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
In five appearances with the Ducks, LaBarbera went 2-0-1 while posting a 2.61 G.A.A. and a .909 save percentage. He was 9-16-7 in 34 games with the Admirals to go along with a 2.62 G.A.A. and a .912 save percentage.
LaBarbera became expendable in Anaheim after the Ducks signed Matt Hackett.
With the signing of LaBarbera, Rob Zepp’s time in the Philadelphia organization is likely over. The 33-year-old is currently an unrestricted free agent.
LaBarbera will likely be tasked with helping Anthony Stolarz develop with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. LaBarbera would be the Flyers’ first call up should an injury occur to Steve Mason or backup Michal Neuvirth.
After spending much of the 2014-15 season in the American Hockey League, Dany Heatley is considering offers to spend next season in the KHL.
The Hockey News cites Championat.com, which is reporting that CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg have contacted Heatley about playing in the KHL next season.
Heatley signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Anaheim last summer, but found himself on waivers after just six games with the Ducks.
In February the Ducks sent Heatley along with a 2015 third-round pick to the Florida Panthers for Tomas Fleischmann.
The 34-year-old had a minus-3 rating in six NHL games during the 2014-15 season. He added eight goals and 12 assists in 43 AHL games split between the Norfolk Admirals and San Antonio Rampage.
Heatley spent part of the 2004-05 lockout in Russia with Ak Bars Kazan scoring three goals and an assist in 11 games.
A day after news surfaced that Ducks’ forward Dany Heatley underwent groin surgery, the club assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals on a long term injury conditioning loan.
Heatley, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ducks in the off-season, is pointless in four games with Anaheim this season.
Additionally, defenseman Josh Manson was assigned to Norfolk and goaltender Igor Bobkov was sent to the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.
Manson has an assist in 18 games with the Ducks this season.
Bobkov, who was most recently recalled by the Ducks on Dec. 1, has yet to make his NHL debut.
With the Anaheim Ducks bringing in Ilya Bryzgalov, the expectation is that John Gibson will be assigned to Norfolk and spend most of the season in the American Hockey League.
Bryzgalov will backup Frederik Andersen in Anaheim.
Gibson is currently on injured reserve nursing a groin injury and according TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, once healthy, Gibson will head to the AHL.
The 21-year-old was 2-2-0 in four games with the Ducks this season while posting a .927 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average.
In two games with Norfolk this season, Gibson is 1-1-0 with a .902 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average.
Defensemen Mat Clark has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks from the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals.
The call-up likely has to do with the uncertainty surrounding defensemen Francois Beauchemin (flu) and Cam Fowler (lower body).
Fowler was injured Friday night following a hit on Martin Erat. The 22-year-old appeared to injure his left knee or leg.
Clark, 24, has two assists and 21 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Norfolk Admirals this season. He appeared in two games with the Ducks during the 2011-12 season and had a minus-2 rating. Clark was the Ducks second-round pick (37th overall) in 2009.
The Ducks also sent defensive prospect Shea Theodore back to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. The 19-year-old had three goals and two assists in five games with the Admirals. Theodore was the Ducks’ first-round selection (26th overall) in 2013. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
Anaheim plays host to the Vancouver Canucks tonight.