Ex-OKC Barons forward Ben Ondrus signs with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL for 2012-13 season. Last season Ondrus played for the Krefeld Pinguines in the DEL. Ondrus was Captain for the OKC Barons during their first season 2010-11.
Linus Omark has signed a 1-year contract with the Swiss NLA team Zug coached by Doug Shedden. I wish him all the best and expect to see him return to the NHL next season. Read Martin Lundén’s post today at Swedish Oil containing translations of Omarks comments. See also Jonathan Willis’s article Linus Omark: Plotting an NHL Return through Switzerland at OilersNation.
According to Dan Tencer on twitter: “Linus Omark’s agent Patrik Aronsson tells me that they turned down multiple KHL offers and felt Zug was the best fit to get back to the NHL.”
Former OKC Barons (2010-11) forward Matt Marquardt returns for a second season with the Florida Everblades.
2006 Edmonton Oilers draftee Bryan Pitton signed with Fife Flyers (in Scotland) part of the EIHL in the UK. His brother Jason is also signed with the Fife Flyers. Bryan played with the Stockton Thunder for several seasons and played 8 games with the OKC Barons during the 2010-2011 season.
According to agent Darryl Wolski, Andrew Martens (who spent a short time with the Barons last season and then signed with the Toronto Marlies) has re-signed with the Wichita Thunder CHL for 2012-2013 season. Good luck Andrew!
Former Oilers/OKC Barons center Gilbert Brulé has signed a one-year contract with the Zürcher Schlittschuh Club Lions in Zurich, Switzerland under coach Marc Crawford, according to News1130 Sports. Good luck Gilbert! Although you were not here for long, OKC fans will miss you. (BTW – Canuck fans, Jeff Tambellini plays for the Lions as well.)
Former OKC Barons forward Greg Stewart (2010-11) signed with the Belfast Giants.
Former OKC Barons (Oilers) and Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) Ryan O’Marra has signed a 1-year contract with Lahti Pelicans of Finland’s SM-Liiga.
The Oilers have re-signed Alex Plante and Chris VandeVelde to 1 year contracts. Both signed 1-year 2-way contracts with the Oilers.
Dylan Yeo signs with the Toronto Marlies. A rumor about a connection to the Marlies had been floating around for several weeks and it was finally announced on Tuesday. All the best to Dylan! OKC will miss you and that hard shot from the blue line! Link to his interview earlier this year.
OKC Barons have re-signed Josh Green to a 1-way AHL contract today. Welcome back Josh! Read the official announcement “Barons Agree to Terms with Josh Green on One Year Contract“. See also Neal Livingston’s “Josh Green Signs AHL Contract with Barons“.
OKC Barons announce that they have re-signed Dan Ringwald to a 1-way AHL contract today. Welcome back Dan!! Read the official announcement by Eric Rodgers “Barons Agree to Terms with Dan Ringwald.” See also Neal Livingston’s “Barons Sign Defenseman Dan Ringwald.”
Linus Omark, Alex Plante and Chris VandeVelde did not accept the Oilers qualifying offers by yesterday’s deadline. To read more about the details, read Scott Reynolds’ article “Qualifying Offers – Theo Peckham Outsmarts the College Man” at The Copper & Blue.
Teigan Zahn has signed an AHL contract with the Barons. He is a 22-year-old defenseman who has played just over 5 seasons with the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) and last season with the University of Calgary (CWUAA). See his HockeyDB.com listing. See also the official announcement Barons Sign Defenseman Teigan Zahn and Neal Livingston’s Teigan Zahn becomes a Barons Defender.
July 11, 9:06am CT
It is being reported that Linus Omark
has told Norrbottens-Kuriren news that if he can’t find an NHL club, he will play for Luleå HF of the SEL. (Source: @NHLWiki) – This is yet another misquote. Please link to our friend Martin Lundén’s Swedish Oil for an accurate quote by Linus Omark. Martin’s full comment on Linus’s quote: “What it said was in fact that he was looking to find a home “hopefully within the near future, but you never know” (how things go). If a lockout should occur, something Omark says he “haven’t been thinking about that much, as I just want to find a home (i.e, a team to play for)”. Another funny thing with the misquote is that it clearly stated that “he will play for Luleå HF of the SEL” when in fact the item reads that if a lockout occurs playing for Luleå is far from a guarantee, but “obviously Luleå comes first in mind, but that’s nothing I’m thinking about at this moment”.”
Thanks, Martin for an accurate translation of Omark’s comments.
July 10, 8:01am CT
Ryan Keller’s signing is now confirmed: He signed with Genève-Servette of the NLA in Switzerland. OKC fans will miss this Calder Cup Champion! All the best in Geneva, Ryan! Source: Ryan Keller Rejoint les Vernets.
July 9, 2:00pm CT
Oilers officially announce that they have renewed the OKC Barons coaching staff contracts. Head coach Todd Nelson, and Assistant coaches Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson will begin their third season in Oklahoma City. Welcome back! (Officially.)
July 9, 8:35am CT
Triston Grant has signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins. OKC fans will miss his feisty play and toughness on the ice. All the best in Grand Rapids, Triston!
July 8, 1:40pm CT
Andrew Lord signed with SC Riessersee – 2 Bundesliga in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for the 2012-13 season. His infectious smile and lively sense of humor will be greatly missed in this city. Lord is a wonderful ambassador for the game of hockey and we wish him all the best in Europe. Link to his interview earlier this year.
July 5, 11:38am CT
It was announced that Hunter Tremblay signed with the St. John’s IceCaps this morning, much to the dismay of OKC fans. He, and his short-handed goals, will be greatly missed in OKC this coming season. (Source: IceCaps agree to terms with four skaters on AHL Contracts.)
July 5: (Oilers; previously OKC Barons)
Ex-OKC Barons player Jeff Petry was re-signed by the Oilers to a 2-year $3.5m contract, with a $1.75m cap hit. See Oilers sign Jeff Petry.
The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Dane Byers to a one-year, two-way contract. Last season Byers played 61 games with the Springfield Falcons and 8 games with their NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets. We expect to see Byers in OKC at least part of this coming season. Read articles related to Byers signing.
OKC fans are very happy to have Yann Danis, the AHL Goaltender of the Year, return to OKC next season. Danis signed a 1-year 2-way contract with the Oilers and we fully expect to see him up in Edmonton as well. Congratulations!
Kevin Montgomery will be heading to Europe to play according to Lillehammer I.K. who announced on June 27th that Montgomery has been signed. Kevin joined the Barons mid-season of 2010-11 after spending the first part of that season with the Lake Erie Monsters and he spent all of last season with the Barons. Montgomery will be missed. Good luck in Lillehammer!