LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League announced that they have extended a qualifying offer to former Charlotte Checkers goaltender Jason LaBarbera.
The Reading Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Kings of the NHL and the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
LaBarbera, who played with Charlotte each of his first two seasons, played for Manchester in 2006-07 and was named the AHL outstanding goaltender, becoming only the second goaltender to win the award twice. He was named First Team AHL All-Star after going 39-20-1 and leading the league in appearances (62), minutes played (3,619), shots (1,995), saves (1,862), wins (39), save percentage (.933) and tying for first with seven shutouts. He was voted as a starter and was one of 10 former ECHL players selected for the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic and was the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
LaBarbera was 18-10-7 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 3.20 and a save percentage of .910 in 35 games as a rookie with Charlotte in 2000-01 and was 9-3-1 with a goals-against average of 2.34 and a save percentage of .924 in 2001-02.