OKC Barons' roster has been in flux

Goaltenders Olivier Roy and Tyler Bunz will step up after Richard Bachman was recalled to Edmonton.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: October 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: October 29, 2013

Roster fluctuation is common in minor league hockey. But because the Edmonton Oilers have experienced an unusual rash of injuries, the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons have undergone an inordinate number of changes during the first three weeks of the season.

“We've never seen anything like this so early in the year,” said Barons general manager Bill Scott. “That's why you sign a lot of guys to build your depth.”

During a 4-5-1 start, the one constant for OKC was goaltender Richard Bachman. After posting a 2.37 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in eight starts with the Barons, Bachman was recalled by Edmonton over the weekend. He stopped 47 of 48 shots in the Oilers' 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday and was slated to start Tuesday night.

Olivier Roy, 22, inherits the Barons' No. 1 job heading into a two-game home series this weekend against the Chicago Wolves at the Cox Convention Center. Tyler Bunz, who spent last season in the ECHL, will be OKC's backup goaltender.

Another option is Ty Rimmer, who made an impression during training camp and is playing with Quad City in the CHL. At some point, Bachman or veteran NHL backup Jason LaBarbera might be sent to OKC, but LaBarbera would have to clear waivers.

“I'm not looking too far ahead,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “I'm looking at this weekend with the two young goalies. The ball is in their court. If we don't get anyone sent to us from Edmonton, those are our guys. We have confidence in them. It's up to them.”

by Michael Baldwin
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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