Jason LaBarbera

Flyers add depth in goal, sign LaBarbera


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.

Goalie nods: Andersen to start 20th straight for Ducks


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Busy Freddy

Frederik Andersen will start for the Ducks tonight.

Of course he will.

The Danish netminder, who’s been an absolute workhorse for Anaheim this season, will make his 20th consecutive start this evening when the Ducks take on the Habs in Montreal.

More, from the L.A. Times:

“I know how to play goalie,” he said with a smile.

Andersen allowed four goals on 20 shots in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Toronto, but he’s also minded the net as the Ducks (21-7-5) have ascended to the NHL’s best record.

“He’s durable, played back-to-back last week and was better in the second game than he was the first,” Boudreau said.

The backup spot behind Andersen has been in a constant state of flux this season, with John Gibson, Jason LaBarbera and Igor Bobkov all temporarily filling the role. The job is how Ilya Bryzgalov’s, however, and it sounds as though he could make his first start of the season on Friday in Ottawa.


Panthers at Flyers: Roberto Luongo vs. Steve Mason

Avs at Pens: Calvin Pickard vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Leafs at ‘Canes: Cam Ward for Carolina, no word yet on a Leafs starter.

Caps at Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Blues at Kings: Martin Brodeur for St. Louis, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Oilers at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Ducks recall Heatley, Bryzgalov


The Anaheim Ducks brought some veteran experience up from AHL Norfolk on Monday, recalling goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and winger Dany Heatley.

Bryzgalov, 34, signed with the Ducks early December after injuries to John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera, and will work primarily as the backup to No. 1 Frederik Andersen moving forward. LaBarbera recently cleared waivers and will return to Norfolk, where he’ll work with Gibson (once the latter returns from a groin injury.)

As for Heatley, he returns to the Ducks after a brief two-game American League stint following groin surgery. The 33-year-old played two games for the Admirals — his first-ever AHL contests — and went scoreless with two PIM and a minus-3 rating.

Based on the timing of the recalls, it looks as though Heatley and Bryzgalov will both be ready to draw into Anaheim’s lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Heatley has appeared in just four games for the Ducks this year, going pointless; Bryzgalov will make his season debut.

Goalie nods: Andersen stays on workhorse duty for Ducks

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Andersen again

The Anaheim Ducks will now trot out Frederik Andersen for a 15th consecutive game. He’s been in net in every contest since Nov. 7, and that patience is paying off lately, as Anaheim’s on a three-game winning streak.

(It almost feels like they could dress Dwayne Roloson as their backup each night and no one would really notice the difference.)

This is a starting situation to witness, as it seemed like the Ducks would enjoy one of the most even platoons in the league. John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera getting injured changed that in a hurry, however.

Andersen’s facing a team that’s enjoyed surprisingly stout goaltending so far in the Winnipeg Jets. It’s not certain, but it seems most likely that Ondrej Pavelec will face the Ducks.

Elsewhere …

Red Wings at Hurricanes: Petr Mrazek will probably start, Cam Ward could go if he’s healthy.

Canucks at Senators: Most likely Eddie Lack, while Craig Anderson’s a sure thing.

Sharks at Oilers: Probably Alex Stalock vs. Viktor Fasth.

Goalie nods: Andersen starts 14th straight for Ducks

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Danish workhorse

It’s been all Frederik Andersen all the time for Anaheim lately, and that trend will continue tonight when the Ducks take on the Wild in Minnesota.

Andersen will make his 14th straight start on Friday, a streak that dates back to Nov. 7. The Danish netminder has been forced into heavy action due to a rash of injuries to his backups: John Gibson is sidelined with a groin injury, and Jason LaBarbera is out with a broken hand.

That’s forced AHL farmhand Igor Bobkov into a No. 2 role at the NHL level, and also forced the Ducks to extend a tryout to Ilya Bryzgalov.

Despite the heaviest workload of his brief career, Andersen has posted solid numbers this season, going 12-4-4 with a .915 save percentage, 2.43 GAA and one shutout.

For the Wild, Darcy Kuemper will be in goal tonight.


Avs at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word on a Colorado starter.

Habs at ‘Hawks: Carey Price vs. Antti Raanta