Larsen Down, Jones Up, Zucker Suspended Two

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The early afternoon hours have been busy for the Edmonton Oilers and the Oklahoma City Barons.

Dallas Eakins, prepping for a tangle with the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening, mentioned that Phil Larsen had been sent back down to Oklahoma City, and that the team had recalled Ryan Jones. The swap is nothing more than a needs based approach to managing, and quite frankly, probably does very little to make either team better.

Larsen, however, scored a goal and an assist in his two appearances with the Barons to start the season. This came at a time when no one was scoring goals, so his return, and potential offense (who knew?) are welcomed.

On the flip side, Ryan Jones also had contributed greatly to the Barons. Playing in all four Barons games including the two most recent in Iowa, Jones has notched two goals, and managed to remain at a respectable -2 all things considered.

Again, neither transaction makes either team that much better, but we will see.

Another tidbit is the suspension of Jason Zucker. The head hit on Linus Omark on Sunday seemed pretty nasty, and indeed the league has responded by giving him (nothing official as of yet), a two-game suspension.

via Michael Russo

Regardless of whether or not you think it’s too much or too little, this is on par with a typical AHL suspension where no injury occurred. We move on.