Oilers' Jason LaBarbera Clears Waivers, Assigned to OKC

The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that netminder Jason LaBarbera has cleared waivers and will be assigned to Oklahoma City Barons.

LaBarbera was placed on waivers this week when the Oilers recalled Ilya Bryzgalov to serve as a temporary backup to Devan Dubnyk.  Bryzgalov was brought in to the mix to help shore up the goaltending woes in Edmonton when LaBarbera was unable to live up to the expectations as a solid number two goalie.

The Oilers signed LaBarbera this summer as an unrestricted free-agent to a one-year deal worth $1 MM.  Through six games with the Oilers this season, the former Coyotes netminder posted a goals against average of 3.69 and a save percentage of .858.  Hardly the numbers any club needs from their backup.

Over the past two seasons, LaBarbera played in 36 games combined in and both seasons his GAA was an average of 2.60.  That was the type of goalie the Oilers thought they were signing this summer, but in the end it hasn’t turned out that way.

Some blame the defense that the Oilers have assembled, stating they give up too many scoring chances and leave the goalies hung out to dry.  But both LaBarbera and Dubnyk have been prone to the weak goal this year and all but forced the hand of Craig MacTavish to look at any way to fix the situation.  Bryzgalov was brought in and LaBarbera is the odd man out…..for now.

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