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OKC Barons: Defense back to full strength as Barons begin AHL playoffs at Houston

Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis said: “It'll definitely be nice when we get all of those guys back. I don't know what we'll do with all of those guys together, finally.”
by Ryan Aber Published: April 18, 2012

The Barons have used 17 defensemen this season, including Central Hockey League fill-in Andrew Martens, who played 12 games beginning in late December after Plante was hurt for the first time.

While Bryan Rodney struggled at times with Syracuse before being traded in a deal that sent Ryan O'Marra to the Anaheim organization, he's been solid for the Barons.

Rodney was minus-11 in 41 games for Syracuse but is plus-9 in 26 games for OKC since the trade.

Helmer, Plante, Rodney and Teubert will play in the postseason opener. Dan Ringwald played for the first time since Feb. 25 in the regular-season finale Sunday at San Antonio.

If Chorney isn't ready to go, rookie Martin Marincin figures to get the call.

In six games since signing an amateur tryout contract following the end of his junior season, Marincin is plus-4 and has shown flashes of why the Oilers made him their second-round pick in 2010.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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