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From the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma comes Tend The Farm, where the little seedlings called Barons one day hope to blossom into full time Oilers -- one season at a time. Oh, and, farming the Oilers ain't easy.

Jason Williams Signed To AHL Contract In OKC

Jason Williams Signed To AHL Contract In OKC

Here at Tend The Farm we got wind of a potential vet signing nearly a week ago. The “tipster” suggested it would be someone “long in the tooth”, “a familiar name”, and “likely a defender”. Two out of three ain’t bad, and instead we get Jason Williams.

Williams, of course, is about as seasoned as they come. 400+ NHL games, a Stanley Cup winner, a player who has had games in four different leagues around the world – he is the Webster 1868 definition of a veteran signing. He, of course, plays center. The irony here is that the Edmonton Oilers needed a really strong, vet center to shoulder some of the youthfulness (and turrbleness) at that position. Instead, it’s the OKC Barons that have a logjam of centerman (five), and probably would have been “A-Okay” in terms of not having a vet centerman. Nonetheless, we get one, and he will be put to good use.

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Oklahoma City To Play October 3rd Preseason Game

Oklahoma City To Play October 3rd Preseason Game

Schedule news is good news regardless of how tiny. Before the mid-August AHL schedule is released you can go ahead and pencil in a trip to Cedar Park, Texas on October 3rd where the Oklahoma City Barons will face off against the reigning Calder Cup champs and division rival, the Texas Stars. In addition, the Texas Stars will host a preseason game against San Antonio on October 5th.

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Oklahoma City Adds One More Assistant, Tony Borgford

Oklahoma City Adds One More Assistant, Tony Borgford

In the wake of Rocky Thompson being promoted to the Edmonton Oilers, and JF Houle being announced as the new head coach in Bakersfield, the Oklahoma City Barons have added to their coaching team. Announced today, Tony Borgford, has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons. Having logged recent assistant time with the Winnipeg Jets, Borgford isn’t a complete stranger.

Having coached alongside Todd Nelson with the Atlanta Thrashers organization prior to the teams turn-over and eventual demise, Borgford is the rare coach that actually kept his job when the team moved way North. He worked in the hockey operations of the Thrashers since their inception in 1999 in many capacities, but almost exclusively with video. This points to a man with good character and high work ethic, something the Barons admire dearly.

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Jean-Francois Houle Named Head Coach In Bakersfield

Jean-Francois Houle Named Head Coach In Bakersfield

The exit of Troy Mann from the Bakersfield Condors this off season (heading to AHL Hershey Bears) hasn’t rattled the team much. They have the confidence of the Edmonton Oilers backing, have had a decent track record of coaching hires, and Mann leaves a quick, but potent legacy. The team is in good shape financially, has a loyal fanbase, and thus the anxiety towards a new coaching hire is rather small. Today they added an important piece to the already successful team – a new head coach in Jean-Francois Houle

Rocky Thompson’s move to become the Edmonton Oilers number three assistant quickly removed his name from the coaching equation in Bakersfield. This left the door wide open for a new hire, and the team somehow managed to keep the announcement sealed tightly. Good on them.

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AHL Today: Nicolas Deschamps heads to Finland

AHL Today: Nicolas Deschamps heads to Finland

The Finnish Liiga’s Kärpät announced today that forward Nicolas Deschamps has been signed for the upcoming season. Deschamps spent last season with the Hershey Bears, scoring 40 points in 65 games. Deschamps made his NHL debut last season as well, playing in three games for the Washington Capitals, going scoreless. Deschamps was left unqualified this season, leaving him a free agent.

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AHL Today: Milwaukee signs Triston Grant, Rob Madore

AHL Today: Milwaukee signs Triston Grant, Rob Madore

The Milwaukee Admirals have signed forward Triston Grant and goaltender Rob Madore to one-year AHL contracts. Triston Grant has spent the past two seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins, winning the Calder Cup in the 2012-13 season. Rob Madore backstopped the Cincinnati Cyclones to the Kelly Cup Finals, earning playoff MVP honors.

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