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Zaba extends contract with Rangers

Former college star had .915 save percentage in ECHL

Monday, 06.30.2008 / 10:58 AM / News
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Zaba extends contract with Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed goaltender Matt Zaba to a contract extension.

Matt Zaba
Zaba, 24, appeared in 28 games with the Charlotte Checkers and Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) this past season, registering a record of 15-8-2, along with a 2.64 goals against average, .915 save percentage and three shutouts. In 19 games with Idaho, he recorded a 12-4-1 record, along with a 2.19 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and three shutouts following his loan from Charlotte on January 11.

He posted a season-high, six-game winning streak from January 18 vs. Alaska to February 9 at Alaska. On February 5, he was named RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending February 3, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 goals against average, a .981 save percentage and one shutout. He notched his first professional shutout, stopping 29 shots, on February 2 at Phoenix.

In nine appearences with Charlotte the netminder registered a 3-4-1 record with a 3.63 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. He made his professional debut on October 20 vs. Texas and notched his first professional win on October 23 vs. Augusta. In addition, Zaba appeared in two post-season contests for Idaho, recording a 0-1-1 record with a 2.79 goals against average and a .880 save percentage.

The 6-1, 185-pound goaltender 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.