While the rest of the world indulges in the grandness of the Super Bowl, the Oklahoma City Barons choose to make a Sunday move that greatly impacts its current lineup.
Announced today, the Barons have added another veteran defenseman to the core of a team that has drastically changed in four weeks time. Randy Jones, a 31 year old defender with 365 NHL games to his credit, joins an AHL squad that now becomes a bit more seasoned. Having played a bulk of those games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Jones has also logged recent time in Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg.
Between Jonathan Cheechoo, Brett Clark, and now Randy Jones – the recent signees have a combined 1547 NHL games. That’s something.
As pointed out by Arctic Edge, Jones gives some age to the minor league Barons, but he’s coming off a really bad NHL turn in Winnipeg. But Bill Scott is taking him for a g0-round via a noncommittal PTO which is a 25 game (or less) try out. If it works out, Jones is a fit, and the team finds him continually worthy, they can sign him to another PTO (totaling 50 in all).
While this isn’t quite the same sturdy signing as Brett Clark, it certainly doesn’t hurt the Barons in the short term. And as the quick grind of the NHL season wears on, players like Jones will be hot commodities for teams needing to bulk up when recalls come.
The Oklahoma City Barons signed defenseman Randy Jones to a PTO, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Jones, a 6-2, 205-pounder from Quispamsis, New Brunswick played 39 games last season with the Winnipeg Jets. The 31-year old rearguard has appeared in 518 games at the professional level and scored 169 points (35-134-169). Jones is no stranger to the American Hockey League having played 153 games with Philadelphia Flyers affiliate. A veteran of 365 NHL games, he has scored 105 points (29-85-105) in games with Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg.
Prior to turning pro, Jones played two seasons at Clarkson University. In 67 games over two seasons with the Golden Knights, he scored 53 points (22-31-53). That included a team-leading 33 points (13-20-33) during the 2001-02 season. Before his stint at Clarkson, he played 119 games over three seasons with the Coburn Cougars of the OPJHL where he scored 134 points (49-85-134).
In another transaction, the Edmonton Oilers have called upon Magnus Paajarvi to replace the new-to-the-IR, Eric Belanger. He’s expected to be with the team tomorrow night.