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Oilers trade goalie Jason LaBarbera to Chicago

Dec 14, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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With Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov ready to return, it looked like Jason LaBarbera would be sent back to the AHL Oklahoma City Barons. He will head to the minors, but the destination has changed.

The Blackhawks acquired the 33-year-old goaltender in exchange for future considerations. He has a 3.28 GAA and .870 save percentage in seven games with Edmonton this season.

Chicago needed to add some netminding depth with Corey Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin both sidelined due to lower-body injuries. The Blackhawks have confirmed that LaBarbera will play for the AHL Rockford IceHogs, so Antti Raanta and Kent Simpson will stay with Chicago for now.

For Edmonton, this move will presumably save them some money given that LaBarbera has a one-way contract worth $1 million.

  1. esracerx46 - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Is this that big bold move Mactavish was talking about? Ha. This makes sense for the Hawks, they can now release Allen York from his PTO, and when Crawford is healthy send Carruth back to Toledo. I hope Raanta stays up with the Hawks as the Bulin wall has been torn down.

  2. rushledger - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Damn Edmonton couldn’t even get a 6th or 7th rounder for him? Come on now.

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