OILERS ADD PLAYERS DURING FIRST WEEKEND OF NHL FREE AGENCY
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, were active during the first days of the NHL’s free agency period as they signed four forwards, two defenseman and two goaltenders while also acquiring two defensemen and a draft choice.
Their first move came the morning of July 5 as they acquired defenseman Philip Larsen and a seventh-round draft choice in the 2016 NHL draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for centerman Shawn Horcoff. That was followed by the signing of veteran defenseman Andrew Ference to a four-year contract. The 15-year NHL veteran has appeared in 760 games at the NHL level, scoring 193 points (37-156-193). Ference spent the last seven seasons with the Boston Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup in 2011.
Edmonton signed a pair of players that skated last season with the Phoenix Coyotes in centerman Boyd Gordon and goaltender Jason Labarbera. Gordon has appeared in 486 games with the Coyotes and Washington Capitals scoring 122 points (39-83-122). Labarbera has appeared in 175 NHL games with Phoenix, Vancouver, Los Angeles and the New York Rangers and has a record of 59-70-19, 2.84 goals against average and .908 save percentage.
July 5 wrapped with the signing of forwards Jesse Joensuu, Will Acton and Ryan Hamilton. Joensuu scored 15 points (8-7-15) in 67 games over two seasons with the New York Islanders. Acton played the last two seasons with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, scoring 35 points (15-20-35) in 136 games. Hamilton has played the last five seasons with the Marlies, appearing in 258 games and scoring 165 points (94-71-165).
The weekend concluded with the addition of goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Brad Hunt as well as the acquisition of defenseman Lee Moffie.
Bachman has played the last four seasons in the Dallas Stars organization, posting a career mark of 80-47-10, 2.45 goals against average, .916 save percentage and 14 shutouts with Dallas, the Texas Stars and Idaho Steelheads. Hunt has played 79 games at the AHL level with the Chicago Wolves, scoring 38 points (5-33-38). Prior to turning pro, Hunt was a standout at Bemidji State University.
Moffie was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Kyle Bigos. Moffie recently completed his collegiate eligibility at the University of Michigan. Over four seasons with the Wolverines, he played in 142 games and scored 74 points (22-52-74).
Hockey season begins in Oklahoma City on Friday, September 27 with the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy when the Edmonton Oilers host the Dallas Stars in an NHL Preseason game. For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.
Oklahoma City opens their 38-game home schedule with a weekend set of games October 4 and 5. In addition to the home opener, the Barons are scheduled to play at home November 12, 15 and 16 and December 20 and 21. The Barons annual Education Field Trip Day will be November 12.
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