Zaba-daba-do!
Thursday June 04th 2009, 7:28 pm
Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

The New York Rangers have re-signed goaltender Matt Zaba.  The 25-year old netminder had a tremendous rookie season with the Hartford Wolf Pack last year, posting a 25-10-0 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .920 save percentage after wrestling the starting job from goaltender Miika Wiikman in February.  The Yorkton, Saskatchewan native won AHL goaltender of the month honors that same month and played a critical role in the late-season 19-4-1-1 run that vaulted the Pack to the top of the Atlantic Division.

Zaba’s 2.33 goals against average ranked him seventh over all in the league and fourth amongst rookies, while his save percentage of .920 also placed him fourth amongst first-year netminders, and ninth over all.  With 25 wins, the Colorado College graduate placed third amongst rookies and 12th over all, and he was undefeated in three shootouts, stopping 93% of the shots he faced.  The 6-1, 185-pounder will be back in Hartford next season, looking to avoid the sophomore slump suffered by Wiikman last season.

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