Barons' Alex Plante still recovering from concussions

Defenseman hopes to get back on the ice in time to contribute to OKC's playoff run.
by Scott Munn Published: March 24, 2012
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Plante, who has played in 33 games for OKC this season and three for Edmonton, says he feels fine. He wants to return to the Barons' lineup before the playoffs begin in mid-April. With just nine games remaining in the regular season, Oklahoma City coaches and medical staff might decide to keep the big blue-liner limited to contact practices.

“We're going to run him through some more tests, and we think he's going to pass those. He's feeling pretty good,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “We're looking at him playing next weekend.”

Someone such as Plante, who has been called up by Edmonton four times this season, will be a huge asset as Oklahoma City tries for its first AHL championship in franchise history.

“I'm ready for some contact, which is the next logical step after getting off the bike and just skating,” said Plante, who has 12 points and 72 penalty minutes. “But I'd like to get in some games before the playoffs begin. I really feel fine and feel like I'm ready to go.”

Nelson said Plante will be encouraged to play the same style he always has — someone who is not afraid of contact.

“You can't change the way somebody plays,” Nelson said. “You have to keep playing the way that got you here. Right now, we just want to make sure he's healthy and ready to go.”

by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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