A day after reassigning Graeme Craig and releasing Chase Schaber, the Barons have added back a defender and a forward from whence the two prior reside.
Announced today the Oklahoma City Barons have assigned C.J. Ludwig to the team’s defensive core, and signed forward Akim Aliu.
This is an odd transaction on the surface to say the least, but I think there is some method to this madness.
Ludwig is a player than Todd Nelson and Gerry Fleming liked a lot at the beginning of the season as a good PK defenseman. I did too, and quite honestly, he’s the best callup option that the Barons can use via Bakersfield. Smart to insert him into the right side of the bottom pairing.
Then there’s Aliu.
A player who has bounced around throughout his career, at 25 he feels like a journeyman. Currently in Bakersfield, he is a player that has spent time in Rochester, Calgary, etc. etc. The rumors of him being a locker room problem abound, but this is potentially a good looksee for Aliu who attempts to play a strong power forward role (that Mitch Moroz was expected to fill).
The Barons play three straight on the road this week, so having extra bodies is smart. Godspeed.