Barons Loan Ringwald; Looking To Be Sturdy

Announced yesterday evening, the Oklahoma City Barons have loaned defenseman Dan Ringwald to the ECHL Stockton Thunder. He’s been uprooted in the lineup lately by both Teigan Zahn (whom was in Stockton earlier this season) and newcomer Jordan Henry (also recently in Stockton). Ringwald is a guy who has battled for a spot for well over a year, and indeed was a pretty solid as a puck mover in last years Barons Calder playoffs run. No stranger to the ECHL, it was his 2010-11 campaign that raised some eyebrows within the AHL, and earned him time with OKC for 39 games last season.

He’s a puck mover. I dubbed him a Taylor Chorney replacement in recent months, and that’s not a bad thing. Ringwald meets a need within most systems, unless that system happens to be buttery soft with young defensemen.

Thus the Barons need to become sturdy. Moving the puck has been no problem, but defending the net and blue line has. This gives a burly undertone to the defensive core, and hopefully adds some long term gruff.

Is this the end of Ringwald in OKC? Doubtful. He’s worked hard, earned respect, and is likely called upon when his specific skill set is needed. In the meantime, good luck Dan!

Meanwhile, Dan earns some frequent flyer miles: