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Oilers waive LaBarbera, Canucks waive Weber

Nov 18, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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A pair of veteran NHLers were placed on waivers Monday.

The Edmonton Oilers, needing to clear room for Ilya Bryzgalov, waived 33-year-old goalie Jason LaBarbera while Vancouver put 25-year-old forward/defenseman Yannick Weber on the wire.

Edmonton signed LaBarbera in July to a one-year, $1 million deal in the hopes of providing stable backup play to Devan Dubnyk. That’s failed to happen, though — away from the friendly confines of the Phoenix Coyotes’ defensive system, LaBarbera struggled mightily in Edmonton and hits the waiver wire boasting an ugly 1-3-0 record with a 3.69 GAA and .858 save percentage.

Weber, who signed with Vancouver in the summer after five seasons with Montreal, had fallen out of favor after appearing in 10 games to start the season. The versatile Swiss skater played both defense and forward for Vancouver this season but couldn’t get a game lately, sitting in the press box for the last six contests.

It’ll be interesting to see if either guy lands with a new club. With the number of goalies lost to injury (Evgeni Nabokov, Pekka Rinne, Nikolai Khabublin) it’s feasible that LaBarbera could get a short-term look somewhere, while Weber might be worth a look given he’s cheap ($650,000 capt hit) and can play on the blueline and up front.

  1. xflyersx - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Bryz 2013-14 stats prediction:
    15 GS, 5 W, 0 SO, 3.6 GAA, .879 SV%

    • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      lol ya, doesn’t help that EDM is dismantling their already-atrocious defense. 3.6 seems high, but then again…. maybe not.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        It’s crazy seeing these goalies leaving the coyotes defensive system and not comin close to there previous numbers. Mike Smith is a perfect example. He’s not half as good with any other team in the league. Goes to show ya that it was more of Bryz suckin then the flyers D. It doesn’t help playing for the oilers though. LaBarbera isn’t as bad as his numbers show with the oilers but he’s not great. He is capable of playing a decent back up role somewhere with decent defense. I’m anxious to see Bryz’s numbers with them though cause I think your pretty spot on with your predictions.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        well to be fair, we haven’t seen Mike Smith anywhere other than Phoenix yet, although I did see him for a few games in Norfolk on his way through to the NHL a couple years back. he was good for an AHL goalie, whatever that’s worth. but ya, there’s a chance it’d be the same story.

        and it remains to be seen how Bryz will handle EDM. If it weren’t for how Mason was playing right now, I’d be just a little bit afraid of the Flyers being embarrassed by yet another goalie in another city. we’ve seen miraculous goalie rejuvenations before……

      • hallsy86 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Uh Smith played 160 games in the NHL prior to Phoenix. He had about a .900 save % in that span.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        whoa. If I could, I’d flame myself for never hearing of Mike Smith prior to 2010.

  2. darksidecowboy - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I can see their Alberta neighbor Flames picking him up, he’s not the worst out there and the Flames have better d, just barely.

  3. pxland - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    The Avalanche could use a little help on D….

  4. coyotes89 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    The oilers signing him isn’t a bad idea. But it’s not a fix or a fault. You can put the best goaltenders in the league on the oilers/flyers and their stats are gonna suck. Maybe it’s not chance that everyone’s stats drop when they play for them. The goal tender is the last line of defense. Not the defense it’s self

    • lilgurgi - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Coyotes89…Just to disprove your comment, Mason has a 2.13 GAA and 931 save percentage this year for the Flyers. His 5-7 record speaks more towards their lack of goal scoring this year than defense.

      • thesportsjudge - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Precisely why I believe stats on a goalie should lead with SP and GAA(either order being fine by me) followed by record.

  5. jonbbbfromaz - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Smith is 10x the goalie bryz or barbs will ever hope to be. Tippett defensive system or not

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