You move one, you move at least two others. Or so that’s where the Oklahoma City Barons find themselves today following a pretty great victory over the Texas Stars last night as they downhill sprint towards a playoff spot. Two goaltenders and a defenseman were moved, all are important in the grand scheme of the OKC Barons 2012-13 campaign.
Let’s start with the most minor of the transactions, which is actually anything but minor to Barons fans.
Announced today, the Oklahoma City Barons have re-assigned Nathan Deck to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. Having been benched nearly the entire month of February after signing a standard player contract (previously PTO), the Barons elect to send the sturdy defender to Stockton while PTO’d players remain with the squad. Odd.
Also announced was the callup of Yann Danis to Edmonton as Nikolai Khabibulin is placed on the IR with a groin pull, an injury that has been ongoing for the Bulin Wall. Yann, playing the last three games for Oklahoma City, hasn’t been great, but he’s likely the best option at the moment. That leaves Niko Hovinen and Olivier Roy (pulled from Stockton) in OKC where they’ll form a tandem that pushes the Barons towards the playoffs.
A couple of interesting things going on here.