Barons travel to Grand Rapids with two former NHLers in tow

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 22, 2013
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Barons at Grand Rapids

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1, Jim Byers play-by-play.

Scouting report: Two former NHL players the Barons signed earlier this week will make their OKC debuts in the opener of a three-game road trip. On Sunday, the Barons signed forward Jonathan Cheechoo, a former NHL All-Star who once led the NHL in goals. On Monday, the Barons signed defenseman Brett Clark, who has played 681 NHL games, including all 82 games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... The Barons (43 points) are in a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot. Grand Rapids (50 points) currently is the No. 2 seed, leading the Midwest Division. ... Gustav Nyquist (40 points) is fourth in the league in scoring and might win the AHL scoring title if he remains with the Griffins all season since the top three scorers are now in the NHL. ... Grand Rapids' Joakim Andersson is the reigning AHL Player of the Week after scoring seven points in two games last week. ... Grand Rapids goalie Peter Mrazek is 13-5-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average.

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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