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Tend The Farm ~ 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. - page 2

Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Kiddos Gonna Rampage “Kids In America”

Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Kiddos Gonna Rampage “Kids In America”

From 1981 to 1993 Kim Wilde was a British pop singer sort of hovering in the background. A pretty good solo performer who knew her way around a stage, and was want to give a pretty solid MTV interview. Her messy blonde hair reminded folks of many female acts of the decade, and truthfully that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The synth pop drum machine style of music seemingly suited her well, and some loved her for it.

When her career fizzled a bit the glamour squad made every attempt to hammer out her rough edges that initially made her enigmatic. In the end it sort of paid off, and her late 80’s to early 90’s moments in adult contemporary were special at times, but mostly forgettable. Suddenly most realized that Wilde’s early career was her sweet spot, and that’s where we will softly land today.

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Yakimov & Davidson Return, Barons Go .500

Yakimov & Davidson Return, Barons Go .500

With a bit of momentum, some good luck, and some really good play with an extra skater, the Oklahoma City Barons boldly marched into the second weekend of November with a pair of games. The first against the unfamiliar Toronto Marlies, whom only play the Barons twice this season, and the second against the all-too-familiar San Antonio Rampage. The ironic twist is that the gameplan against the unfamiliar foe was perfect, one of the most complete games of the season, while the familiar adversary got the hangover treatment. Thus the weekend would end with a two game split.

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Workin’ For The Weekend: OKC Hosts Toronto & Then San Antonio “Tempted”

Workin’ For The Weekend: OKC Hosts Toronto & Then San Antonio “Tempted”

Squeeze is one of those bands hailing from the late 70’s and early 80’s that were far too kitschy to gain major success in the U.S. market. Call us Americans simple, go ahead, but digesting soul music has always been difficult post-60’s. While Hall & Oates steamrolled the competition in the new-soul market during the 80’s, other really intelligent bands existed during the same era, were completely ignored stateside, and that would be a shame.

Indeed, when you think of Squeeze you don’t instantly think of the dynamo lyric and composition tandem of Difford and Tilbrook like you do Hall and Oates, but you certainly should. Their ability to place soul, Motown, and sophistication high on a pedestal without making it entirely cheesy is perhaps their most endearing quality.

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Will Acton Clears, Pakarinen Officially Recalled, Marincin “Papered”

Will Acton Clears, Pakarinen Officially Recalled, Marincin “Papered”

This morning the Edmonton Oilers made official the recall of Barons forward Iiro Pakarinen. Included in the announcement was a paper transaction of Martin Marincin (we hope), which was a roster size move until Will Acton cleared. Acton indeed has cleared, and the Oilers prepare to face Boston tonight.

With the Oklahoma City Barons hosting the Toronto Marlies (who lost to Texas last night), Todd Nelson will again reconfigure lines, but also defenders.

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Eight Games In, OKC Barons On-Ice Stats

Eight Games In, OKC Barons On-Ice Stats

In today’s world of advanced stats in hockey, there’s not a lot to be had in the American Hockey League. Yesterday, I compiled the on-ice stats for all of the Oklahoma City Barons and found some interesting things while doing it. Due to needing a bit of a sample size, I only included players that have played five or more games so far.

Check out the chart after the jump!

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Will Acton On Waivers, Pakarinen To Oilers?

Will Acton On Waivers, Pakarinen To Oilers?

The Oilers are in need of another forward after placing Will Acton on waivers for re-assignment to the Oklahoma City Barons. You will recall that Acton played 47 games with the Barons a season ago after a eerily similar “let’s try him in the NHL” go round. Acton clogs an already full center roster in Oklahoma City, but with Bogdan Yakimov out a few more weeks, he is probably a welcome sight. And although folks in Edmonton find him dreadful, he (like Brad Hunt) will actually help fill the gaps on the penalty kill and face off rusty side of things. He is expected to clear, and in return a Barons forward is not long for the minors.

Iiro Pakarinen is arguably the Barons best forward. Wait, he is the Barons best forward. He is also the Swiss Army knife player that probably sparked the Edmonton Oilers curiosity when they signed him during the summer months.

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