|Assets:||Has tremendous size for the goaltending position, so he fills up most of the net. Is capable of making spectacular saves from time to time and is also a great team-first guy.|
|Flaws:||Consistency has always eluded him at the National Hockey League level. Has questionable lateral mobility, which hurts his overall effectiveness in the crease area.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran backup goaltender.|
|AHL||Les Cunningham Plaque||2003-04|
|AHL||Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Trophy||2006-07, 2004-05 (shared with Stephen Valiquette)|
|AHL||Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy||2006-07, 2003-04|
|AHL||First All-Star Team||2006-07, 2003-04|
|6/06/2011||Re-signed by the Phoenix Coyotes to a two-year contract.|
|7/01/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes to a two-year contract.|
|12/30/2008||Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings.|
|4/05/2008||Missed the last 20 games of the regular season (sports hernia).|
|3/05/2008||Sports hernia surgery, remainder of the regular season.|
|12/17/2007||Missed 8 games (rib injury).|
|12/03/2007||Rib injury, day-to-day.|
|7/03/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a two-year contract.|
|6/26/2007||Los Angeles Kings extended qualifying offer.|
|10/03/2006||Assigned to Manchester (AHL).|
|1/16/2006||Recalled from Manchester (AHL).|
|1/11/2006||Assigned to Manchester (AHL) for conditioning purposes.|
|11/19/2005||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|11/14/2005||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|8/02/2005||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a two-year contract.|
|9/17/2004||Signed by the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).|
|3/08/2004||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|3/04/2004||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|2/17/2004||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|2/16/2004||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|1/27/2004||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|1/23/2004||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|11/21/2003||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|11/17/2003||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|9/26/2003||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|9/12/2003||Re-signed by the New York Rangers.|
|3/28/2003||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|3/24/2003||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|12/08/2002||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|11/27/2002||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|11/23/2002||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|11/14/2002||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|11/08/2002||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|11/07/2002||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|10/16/2002||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|10/15/2002||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|9/24/2002||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|4/13/2002||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|9/15/2001||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|3/16/2001||Re-assigned to Charlotte (ECHL).|
|12/26/2000||Re-assigned to Houston (IHL).|
|10/20/2000||Re-assigned to Charlotte (ECHL).|
|10/19/2000||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|9/27/2000||Recalled from Hartford (AHL).|
|9/15/2000||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|7/01/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes.|
|12/30/2008||Los Angeles Kings traded Jason LaBarbera to the Vancouver Canucks for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2009.|
|8/02/2005||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings.|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the New York Rangers in the 3rd round (66th overall) in 1998.|
LaBarbera great in Yotes win | 04/28/2013 6:48 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera made 43 saves on 46 shots in an excellent win over the Ducks to cap off the season.
ImpactLaBarbera had to work hard for his wins this year. Only one of his four wins came when he faced less than 38 shots.
Jason LaBarbera suffers 4-0 loss to San Jose | 04/16/2013 1:08 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera made 37 saves in the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
ImpactLaBarbera faced 41 shots and made a good effort to keep the Coyotes in the game but the offense was no where to be found. He;s a half decent back up goalie but he isn't someone that should garner much fantasy attention.
LaBarbera dealing with infected lymph node | 04/06/2013 7:37 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera is dealing with an infected lymph node.
Sarah McLellan on Twitter
ImpactPhoenix's back-up netminder woke up Friday night and couldn't swallow, and his neck is also swollen. "I've never had that before," LaBarbera said. "It was kind of a weird thing. It was a little freaky at first."
LaBarbera dominant, 39 saves in Yotes win | 04/03/2013 12:45 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera was on fire on Tuesday night, turning aside 39 of 40 shots in Phoenix's 3-1 victory over Los Angeles.
ImpactThe win is just LaBarbera's second since taking over for the injured Mike Smith in mid-March. He's been fairly shaky in this period, but he was absolutely dominant in this contest. There's no word yet on whether Smith will return for the Coyotes' next game on Thursday against Detroit. Stay tuned for updates.
Jason LaBarbera will start Tuesday | 04/01/2013 4:45 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera will start in Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Sarah McLellan on Twitter
ImpactMike Smith is still out with an upper body injury. LaBarbera has a 2.64 GAA and .918 save percentage in 12 games this season.
LaBarbera solid but loses again | 03/31/2013 5:29 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera picked up a tough loss Saturday night despite making 32 saves on 34 shots through regulation and overtime, then stopping two of three in the shootout.
ImpactHis counterpart Anti Niemi stopped all three Coyotes shooters in the extra frame, ultimately being the reason LaBarbera's fine start ended in his seventh loss in nine games this season. It's hard to see him as a fantasy asset considering the way the Coyotes are slumping right now.
Jason LaBarbera will start Saturday | 03/30/2013 1:22 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera will start in Saturday's game.
Dave Vest on Twitter
ImpactLaBarbera has allowed three or more goals in each of his last three starts. With Mike Smith nursing an upper body injury, LaBarbera is the Coyotes' de facto number one goaltender.
Jason LaBarbera earns win in wild game | 03/28/2013 11:07 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera allowed four goals on 38 shots Thursday, but earned a comfortable win in a 7-4 decision over the Predators.
ImpactLaBarbera hasn't been great in place of the injured Mike Smith, despite the fact he earned a victory in this game. The win raises his record to 2-5-1.
Jason LaBarbera fell to the Minnesota Wild | 03/28/2013 12:07 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera suffered a loss in the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-3 OT loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
ImpactThe Coyotes' No. 2 is now 1-5-1 this season. While Mike Smith hasn't been perfect during Phoenix's losing streak so far, the team clearly needs all the help they can get. LaBarbera just isn't getting it done.
Jason LaBarbera suffers 3-2 loss to Red Wings | 03/26/2013 2:02 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Coyotes 3-2 loss to the Detroit Redwings.
ImpactLaBarbera had a solid game, and will require many more of those if the Coyotes have any chance while starter is Mike Smith heals his upper body injury. The Coyotes don't provide much offensive support, combined with being a career back-up, this makes for a rather poor goalie option in fantasy leagues. Only reach for him if you're desperate for starts.
LaBarbera will start Monday with Smith out | 03/25/2013 4:10 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera will get the nod for Phoenix Monday against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
Dave Vest on Twitter
ImpactIt will mark his first since since March 6 and just his fourth start of the lockout-shortened season. LaBarbera is getting the nod because Mike Smith is out with an upper-body injury.
Jason LaBarbera relieves, gives up 1 in loss | 03/22/2013 1:05 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera came in on relief for the Coyotes in the third period Thursday and made 14 saves in the team's 2-1 loss to the Canucks.
ImpactMike Smith, who made 16 saves, left after the second period with an undisclosed injury. Even though LaBarbera didn't have to enter in the middle of a period, completely cold, it's still not easy coming off the bench like this, especially in a game where Phoenix was down one. The Coyotes don't play again until Monday, so this could be tough to read until closer to that time.
Jason LaBarbera loses against Ducks | 03/07/2013 1:37 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera allowed one goal as the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 on Wednesday.
ImpactLaBarbera stopped 22 out of 23 shots in a rare appearance. He's 1-3-0 in six appearances, although his individual numbers are quite solid (.920 save percentage and 2.23 GAA). Regardless, he won't see many starts behind Mike Smith this season, barring injuries.
Jason LaBarbera set to play Weds. v. Ducks | 03/06/2013 6:12 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera looks like he'll get his first start since Jan. 26 Wednesday night.
Impact"The hard part is trying to keep your emotions in check the whole day and not wear yourself out because you are excited and you are anxious and you just want to go out there and play," he said. "But I've felt good in practice the past month. It's just a matter of going out there and doing what you're supposed to do." LaBarbera was the first goalie off the ice in the morning and the Coyotes host St. Louis Thursday, so it would make sense to give Mike Smith the night off.
Jason LaBarbera gives up 4 in second straight | 01/27/2013 12:17 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera yielded four goals in the Coyotes' 4-2 loss to the Kings on Saturday night.
ImpactMike Smith is still out with a lower-body injury, so LaBarbera got his second straight start and allowed four goals in his second straight game. He made 27 saves against the Kings. Phoenix is 1-4-0 this season and could really see their season spiral out of control if Smith is sidelined long-term.
G Jason LaBarbera will start for Coyotes | 01/26/2013 1:04 PM
NewsBackup Jason LaBarbera will get his second straight start in goal for the Phoenix Coyotes as Mike Smith continues to be out day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
ImpactThe Coyotes entertain the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night. LaBarbera allowed four goals on 34 shots in his previous start this week, a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Jason LaBarbera struggles in 5-3 loss to SJ | 01/25/2013 5:05 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera allowed four goals on 34 shots in the Coyotes 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
ImpactLaBarbera looked sharp until the Sharks buried four goals in the 3rd period. He will assume the starting job until Mike Smith can recover from his lower body injury. The Coyotes have very poor talent up front so they rely on their defense and goaltender heavily. LaBarbera must play better than this in order for his team to have a chance at winning a game. He is only fantasy relevant to Mike Smith owners, other than that, he's waiver fodder.
Jason LaBarbera to start Thursday for 'Yotes | 01/24/2013 7:05 PM
NewsJason LaBarbera will start for Phoenix on Thursday night.
Dave Vest on Twitter
ImpactHe entered Wednesday's game in relief of Mike Smith during the first period after Smith went down with a lower-body injury. It's unclear how long Smith will be sidelined for, but for now LaBarbera appears as though he will be "the man" in the Coyotes' crease.
Jason LaBarbera nearly perfect in relief | 01/24/2013 1:52 AM
NewsAfter Mike Smith left with a lower-body injury, the Phoenix Coyotes didn't miss a beat with Jason LaBarbera in net.
ImpactHe stopped all but one of 22 shots in 49 minutes of relief work. The Coyotes might be a little nervous rolling with the mediocre 36-year-old backup long-term, yet betting against Dave Tippett seems like a dangerous proposition. If nothing else, Smith owners might be wise to handcuff "The Barber" for the short-term.
LaBarbera ready for larger role this season | 01/16/2013 1:30 AM
NewsJason LaBarbera is aware that he may receive a larger workload during this shortened season in relief of Phoenix Coyotes' starting goaltender Mike Smith.
Impact"Back-to-backs aren't usually the toughest situations for a starting goalie, it's more about the stretches of three games in four nights or four games in six nights," Coyotes' goaltending coach Sean Burke said. "That's really where you rely more on your second goalie. Your number one goalie can do a lot of the back-to-backs, but when you get into those longer stretches, you need your other guy to come in and win games for you." Fantasy owners shouldn't be too weary of the effect of this news on the number of Smith's starts. He still remains a top fantasy option in net.
|Date||Team||Opp||Decision||MIN||SO||GA||SHA||YTD GAA||YTD SV%||YTD Record||Status|
|4/06/2013||Phx||Col||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Shots Against||46||at Ana||Apr 27||37|
|Saves||43||at Ana||Apr 27||34|
|Games Played In||45||2007-08 (LA)|
|Shutouts||2||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Phx)|
|Goal Against Average||2.78||2008-09 (LA/Van)|
|Save percentage||.910||2008-09 (LA)|
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