The Blackhawks acquired LaBarbera from the Edmonton Oilers for future considerations on Dec. 14. He was a 1-3-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in seven games for the Oilers this season. He has a 60-73-19 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 182 career NHL games with five teams.
“He gives us some depth, I think,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said of LaBarbera on Thursday. “Having some experience, he’s played about 150 games in the NHL. That’s something we’re obviously light on right now, which is experience. Anytime you get the opportunity to bring somebody in that can give you that comfort that he’s been there, he’s done it.”
Simpson was recalled by the Blackhawks on Dec. 9. He appeared in relief against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 14 and made five saves on seven shots in 20 minutes of work.