Barons notebook: Reinforcements close to arriving

Teemu Hartikainen, Colten Teubert and Chris VandeVelde expected to return to Oklahoma City.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 6, 2012
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With the Barons parent club Edmonton Oilers' season ending Saturday, Oklahoma City could see the arrival of a few familiar faces soon for the last few regular-season games and the playoffs.

Four players on the Oilers' roster — Teemu Hartikainen, Colten Teubert, Chris VandeVelde and Linus Omark are eligible to be sent back.

“Hopefully, everybody is healthy and we should get at least three of them back,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said.

Hartikainen, Teubert and VandeVelde seem cinches to return to the roster if they're healthy.

Omark likely won't be in a Barons uniform. He'd have to clear NHL waivers in order to be reassigned, and he's expressed a preference not to play in the American Hockey League playoffs.

THREE STARS

1. Jake Allen, Peoria: For much of the game, Allen stonewalled the Barons, stopped 31 of Oklahoma City's 32 shots, including several breakaway chances.

2. Phil McRae, Peoria: Just more than a minute after the Barons finally broke through and tied it, McRae took advantage of a defensive breakdown to give the Rivermen the lead back.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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