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The Origin Of Iiro The Hero (And Other Finnish Things)

The Origin Of Iiro The Hero (And Other Finnish Things)

There is a lack of Finnish things on the Edmonton Oilers these days. In fact there was a lack of Finnish things on the Oklahoma City Barons roster since the departure of Teemu Hartikainen. The grand five years that the Barons have been in existence they have managed to position seven Baltic Sea lovers in the lineup, and seven has always been God’s perfect number. Toni Rajala, Antti Tyrvainen, Teemu Hartikainen, and to a lesser extent Lennart Petrell, Niko Hovinen, and Frans Tuohimaa have given opponents Helsinki Hell and caused a frenzied hot flash to Barons fans far and wide. The swoon-worthy-ness of Finnish hockey players has always been a tiny obsession of mine, and it only grows as the days go by.

This year the Oklahoma City Barons have introduced their latest Finnish Phenom and his name is Iiro, Iiro the Hero.

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By The Numbers Game 48: San Antonio at Oklahoma City

By The Numbers Game 48: San Antonio at Oklahoma City

Your pre-game stat primer as the San Antonio Rampage take on the Oklahoma City Barons in game number 48 of the American Hockey League season.

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By The Numbers Game 35: Texas at Oklahoma City

By The Numbers Game 35: Texas at Oklahoma City

A breakdown of stats, setting you up for the Oklahoma City Barons home opener against the Texas Stars.

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Some Up, Some Down, A Day Of Roster Changes

Some Up, Some Down, A Day Of Roster Changes

As the Oklahoma City Barons march towards their home opener on Friday evening at 7:00pm, the whirling carousel of change again strikes warmly on the great plains. Announced today were a couple of things. Richard Bachman has been recalled to Edmonton to replace the groin-injured Viktor Fasth. Also recalled is winger Steve Pinizzotto, whom the Oilers continue to love out of training camp. In return the Barons receive Bogdan Yakimov after a brief stint (one game) against LA. Meanwhile, Frans Tuohimaa is headed to Oklahoma City to backup NOW starting goaltender Laurent Brossoit.

The early reports are that Fasth, Nugent-Hopkins, and Eberle are ailing. Not a good threesome to be gimpy. Three games in, three losses (but an OT no-one-loses point), and suddenly three injuries. This is not good news, no it isn’t.

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Richard Bachman To Replace Injured Viktor Fasth In Edmonton

Richard Bachman To Replace Injured Viktor Fasth In Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers are three games in. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed last night’s game with undisclosed ailments. Viktor Fasth was plauged by a groin injury after playing through 15:00, giving up three goals on eleven shots. It’s not the start the Oilers wanted nor is it helpful to OKC, but in the end, we remember there is depth on the farm. That’s good news.

The OKC Barons have played one single game to date in the 14-15 minor league campaign. The lopsided scheduling tactics of a “weekend” league have drug the Barons to San Antonio for game one, then back home nearly a full week later to play a Friday/Saturday two-some. They’ll face Texas on Friday, and San Antonio on Saturday. With the upcoming games comes a deep breathe, and kind words (although forced) for the Oilers. It appears that in Fasth’s absence (currently listed as day-to-day) that Richard Bachman is the candidate to replace him in the NHL roster.

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On The Other Yak & The Only Klefbom

On The Other Yak & The Only Klefbom

Recently (yesterday to be precise, Watson) the Edmonton Oilers called upon the services of Bogdan Yakimov while also sending defender Oscar Klefbom to the Oklahoma City Barons. Both moves are rather interesting, but neither are surprising.

First up, Yakimov. We here in Oklahoma City haven’t had a chance to see him play gameday minutes. With the loss at San Antonio on Saturday where he centered a third line with Moroz and Pinizzotto his wingers. He had the game’s first penalty for holding a stick, but it neither cost his team nor felt overtly awful. It very well could have been a non-call, but why make something of nothing or nothing of something or something, maybe nothing. Regardless, Yakimov looked impressive in the minutes he played which weren’t entirely low.

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