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Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Canucks claim goaltending prospect Sabourin

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks claimed goaltender Dany Sabourin off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Sabourin, the AHL goalie of the year last season, was being sent down by the Penguins despite a 1.85 goals-against average and 95.7 save percentage in his only preseason appearance, a 44-save shootout loss to Buffalo.

The Penguins already have Marc-Andre Fleury, the first-overall draft pick in 2003, and veteran goaltender Jocelyn Thibault under contract for the upcoming season.

Sabourin is expected to back up Roberto Luongo in Vancouver.

Sabourin, originally picked by Calgary in the fourth round of the 1998 NHL draft, is winless in five career NHL games with the Flames and Penguins, posting a 4.42 goals-against and 82.5 save percentage.

The 26-year-old was a first-team AHL all-star with a 30-14-4 record, 92.2 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season and started ahead of Fleury in six of 11 playoff games.