Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Canucks lose to Flyers but gain Jason Labarbera

I missed tonight's game and that is good. Why? Because it doesn't sting as much when you don't invest your time watching them lose.

The acquisition of Jason Labarbera is interesting. I would like to know WHEN exactly they made that deal, rather than when it was announced (during the 1st intermission).
So we know Curtis Sanford has a groin injury now. But was this acquisition more about:
a) the Canucks not having faith in Cory Schneider
b) the Canucks knew Sanford was a leg kick away from his balls breaking
c) Luongo is going to be out of action for a fair bit longer yet
d) all of the above

More will be revealed soon. Here is a good interview with Assistant GM Lorne Henning about the trade.

How much faith do any of you have in BC Boy Jason Labarbera?

The jury is out for me. At least he's a big presence in net, unlike Sanford.

“I’m ecstatic,” LaBarbera said during the middle of Tuesday’s third period. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, being from the Lower Mainland. It’s huge for me. It’s going to be a lot different than playing in L.A., that’s for sure.”
OK, Barbie, just kick some butt between the pipes for us.

Here is some insight from a Kings fan's perspective over at A Queen Among Kings. Nice parting words for Labarbera (Barbs) there.

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6 Comments:

At December 30, 2008 at 10:44 PM , Blogger Billy said...

Apparently Sandman hurt himself in practice today. I would think that Gillis anticipated a possible problem and moved on it before it was a necessity.
Schneider needs to play everyday, and the AHL is the place for him to retool his game.
I like the Labarbera pickup, he'll be adequate til Lou comes back. Its kinda sketchy though right now on Lou, i'm hopin a few weeks, but it could be a month or more. If so, we are in trouble...

On a different note, i'm really startin to like Gillis. I wasnt a fan AT ALL when he came onboard. But he has made some shrewd moves since, and i'm really likin him more and more. If he goes and picks up a top 6 still, then it will have to looked upon as a brilliant 1st season as GM.

 
At December 31, 2008 at 2:34 AM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Yeah Gillis has done everything he can up to this point. Let's see how Labarbera plays. He may just surprise us. Until then it's a WAITING game. This site is all about WAITING. Waiting for Luongo. Waiting for Johnson. Waiting for Sundin. Waiting for a goalie to step it up in Luongo's absence. Waiting for this team to show the character needed to win. God dammit. I hate waiting.

 
At December 31, 2008 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Connie said...

At least he's a big presence in net, unlike Sanford.

Umm, I hope Barbs was picked up to occupy the seat on the bench or be your AHL's number 1. He's definitely proven at the AHL level, but NHL? Let's just say I'm not heartbroken with the logjam of goalies the Kings have currently. Oh, and Barbs is the nicest guy ever.

 
At December 31, 2008 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

No I think he was picked up to START in Luongo's absence

 
At December 31, 2008 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Connie said...

Ohhh...

 
At December 31, 2008 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

with Sanford's groin issues and all and Schneider soon to be sent back down

 

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