Rangers sign G Zaba


This just in from the NYR:


            New York, June 4, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Matt Zaba.
Zaba, 25, appeared in 41 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting a record of 25-10-0, along with a 2.33 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts.  The AHL rookie ranked among the league leaders in several categories, including seventh in goals against average, tied for eighth in save percentage and tied for 12thin wins.  He made his AHL debut on October 18 at Toronto, and earned his first career AHL win on November 1 vs. Albany.  On January 9, he recorded his first AHL shutout with a 40-save effort at Springfield.  Named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for February, Zaba registered a season-high, seven-game winning streak from February 20 at Lowell to March 4 vs. Worcester, posting a 1.53 goals against average and a .952 save percentage during the stretch.  He closed out the regular season with a 14-2-0 mark, along with a 1.84 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and one shutout in 16 contests.  In addition, Zaba appeared in six playoff games with Hartford, posting a 2-4-0 record with a 3.17 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and one shutout.
In 2007-08, Zaba appeared in 28 games with the Charlotte Checkers and Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), registering a record of 15-8-2, along with a 2.64 goals against average, .915 save percentage and three shutouts.
The 6-1, 185-pounder, appeared in 110 career games in four seasons with the Colorado College Tigers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) prior to signing with the Rangers, posting a 55-42-10 record, along with a 2.42 goals against average.  As a senior in 2006-07, he was named winner of the Thayer Tutt Award as team MVP, and was selected to the All-WCHA Academic Team for the third consecutive season.  In 2005-06, Zaba recorded 20 wins and four shutouts, both collegiate career-highs.  As a freshman in 2003-04, he turned in a 10-10-2 record, along with a personal-best 2.27 goals against average and was selected to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.  He was named National Rookie of the Month after posting a 3-0-2 record, along with a 1.35 goals against average and a .941 save percentage in five starts in November 2003.
The Yorkton, Saskatchewan native signed a professional contract with the Rangers on August 20, 2007.

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  1. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... !! says Greg L. on

    More youth , ahhhhh nice to see Zaba here to maybe challenge Vally ( who has holes as big as a Valley )for the back-up spot!!

  2. If the Pens lose tonight, can we start making the comparison to the Buffalo Bills – getting oh so close, but still losers in the end?

  3. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... !! says Greg L. on

    HEY ORR ,Have you noticed that in nhlo9 the puck flips on top of the goalie alot and is totally unrealistic, the only thing to come close is when that puck landed on Osgood a few games back . That it self was the first time a few people said they have ever seen that .Myself included .

  4. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... !! says Greg L. on

    Buffalo bills , yeah thats it!! , I said Denver Broncos a few days ago …I ment the bills ,ty Ctrain.

  5. somerset(from previous thread),

    Truer word were ne’er spoken. One of this team’s PRIME problems is that they try to re-invent the wheel every year. They had a crew go deep in 2007-2008, what they SHOULD HAVE done was given contracts to Avery and Jagr, and then turned their eye toward the draft and stocking Hartford with players they want in Ranger blue two- and three years down the road. Dismantling the team was Sather’s biggest blunder, and just about every deal he did last summer came back to bite him on the ass.

    Let’s start with Z(even though I love him on this team). We trade Tyutin, who goes on to score five PPGs with the Jackets and has 12 PPAs, both of which would have lead(!!) the Ranger blueliners…And his salary is only $5 million less than Reddens(!!). Now let’s move to the fact that both Rissmiller and Voros were useless…and provided none of the spunk they lost with Avery; Naslund crapped out after a half season and didn’t produce even half of what an underachieving Jagr did in 2008…Now think what the 2008 Rangers would have looked like against the Caps..PLUS..an emerging Callahan and Dubinsky; plus a much-improved Korpikoski…and the list goes on. Sather’s tinkering has to end. Too many ingredients spoil the soup.

  6. Jake McHugh on

    Gosh that’s swell news, but we got a Finals going on right now. And the world wants nothing more than to see the Robo-Red Wings and their Interference Show get clobbered by the Penguins. Well, at least outside of NYC, where they’re still a bit bitter about getting owned by “Cindy” and the boys.

    Go Pittsburgh! Take the Cup!

    P.S. Ovechkin vs. Crosby — the marquee match-up for years to come! Too bad you clods will never have a player to come close to either one.

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