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Canucks claim goaltending prospect Sabourin

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.