Jonathan Cheechoo, a 32-year-old former NHL All-Star, attended the Barons' game Saturday night, fueling speculation the free agent forward will sign with Oklahoma City as early as Sunday.
Cheechoo played in 501 NHL games over seven seasons, six with the San Jose Sharks. He scored 305 NHL points, highlighted by a league-high 56 goals in 2005-06. Cheechoo has played the past two seasons in the AHL with Peoria and Worcester.
Barons general manager Bill Scott is expected to sign another player later this week in addition to Cheechoo.
“You'll find out very soon,” Scott said. “There are some good players out there, guys biding time, waiting for a deal.”
DANIS MAKES OILERS ROSTER
Yann Danis, the reigning AHL Goaltender of the Year, made the Edmonton Oilers' opening day roster. Danis, who is 13-12-3 with a 2.99 goals against average this season in OKC, will remain with the Oilers until veteran Nikolai Khabibulin (offseason hip surgery) returns.
In other Barons/Oilers roster news Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall make up Edmonton's No. 1 line. Justin Schultz is matched with Nick Schultz on the second defensive pairing. Teemu Hartikainen is on the No. 3 line. Magnus Paajarvi made the roster but isn't on one of the four lines.
Defenseman Alex Plante, who injured his shoulder in a fight last weekend, was held out of Friday's and Saturday's games as a precautionary scratch. ... More than half of the players on NHL opening day rosters — 626 — have played in the AHL. ... Entering Saturday's game Oklahoma City was 30th, last in the AHL in attendance, averaging around 3,500 fans a game. ... The Barons are giving away a new vehicle every at Saturday home game. Pamela Hanna became the eighth new vehicle winner. Hanna won a Dodge Ram with the closest guess of total weight for a Clydesdale horse and heifer (3,100 pounds) on FFA night.