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Bruins sign Fata and Sabourin to one-year deals

The Boston Bruins [1] announced Tuesday afternoon that they’ve signed defenseman Drew Fata and goaltender Dany Sabourin to one-year free agent deals. Both players are expected to be organization depth players, but Sabourin could give rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask [2] some competition for the backup goaltender spot in training camp. The Sabourin signing also gives the Bruins some depth at the goaltending spot should either Tim Thomas [3] or Rask succumb to an injury next season.

The Bruins had only untested South Boston native Kevin Regan should anything dire happen during the year, and the NHL-tested Sabourin gives them another qualified body between the pipes. 

 The 26-year-old Fata split the 2008-09 season between two teams in the AHL and compiled 7 goals, 9 assists and 141 penalty minutes in 75 games. He has played eight games in the NHL [4] with the New York Islanders [5] and has 1-1-2 totals along with nine penalty minutes.

The 28-year-old Sabourin played in 19 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins [6] during the 2008-09 season and registered a 6-8-2 record, a 2.85 goals against average and an .898 save percentage for the Stanley Cup [7] Champion Pens. Sabourin was part of a midseason trade to the Edmonton Oilers [8] for goaltender Mathieu Garon, and was waived by Edmonton prior to appearing in a game. In 57 NHL [9] games, Sabourin is 18-25-4 with a 2.87 goals against average and an .898 save percentage.