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article imageHapless Oilers trade goalie Jason LaBarbera to Chicago Blackhawks

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 14, 2013 in Sports
With an injury to Corey Crawford the Chicago Blackhawks needed experience to help their new number one guy, Antti Raanta. On Saturday they got it by acquiring Jason LaBarbera from the Edmonton Oilers. The return? The much-traded future considerations.
LaBarbera, 33, has never been a starter in the NHL but has played 182 NHL games for 5 clubs, The New York Rangers, L.A. Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and the Oilers. This season, his first with Edmonton after 4 seasons in Phoenix, he appeared in 7 games and was 1-3-0 with a 3.27 GAA.
Crawford's groin injury came against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 8. The injury was described by the Hawks as "serious" but they have also said he'll miss only about 3 weeks.
Since Crawford went down Raanta has beaten Dallas 6-2 and Philadelphia 7-2. The Hawks had called up Kent Simpson from their AHL club in Rockford to back up Raanta. Simpson did not appear in any games.
if Ilya Bryzgalov is not ready to return from a head/neck injury he suffered playing in just his fourth game as an Oiler, Edmonton will call up Richard Bachman to back up Devan Dubnyk. Bachman has appeared in three games for the Oilers this season and is 0-2-1.
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