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Barons notebook: Bryan Helmer moves up AHL list

New defenseman Bryan Rodney happy to be playing for first-place team.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: February 17, 2012

The Barons' Bryan Helmer played in his 1,072nd American Hockey League game on Friday night, which moved him into sole possession of third all-time in the league.

Helmer surpassed AHL Hall-of-Famer Harry Pidhirny and now only two other Hall-of-Famers, Willie Marshall (1,205 games) and Fred Glover (1,201 games), have played more.

Helmer leads all AHL defensemen in games played and owns the career points record for defensemen with 555.


Bryan Rodney made his Barons' debut Friday night after being traded from Syracuse in the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League.

“He obviously moves the puck and well, and I thought he created some scoring opportunities on the power play by just making a smart, heads up plays,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “That's what he is here for. He is here to create those situations.”

Rodney said he feels rejuvenated by the trade, which sent Barons forward Ryan O'Marra to the Anaheim Ducks organization.

“When you go from last to first (Syracuse is actually four points out of last place in the AHL), obviously your perspective of where this season going changes,” said Rodney, a two-time AHL All-Star. “I just want to come in here and add to what they have going.

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