In the end neither the freshly signed one-way contract nor the past performances were enough to keep Ryan Jones on the Edmonton Oilers’ opening day roster. It didn’t earn him an opportunity with one of the other 29 teams either so early next week he’ll report to the Oklahoma City Barons to try to work his way back to the NHL. “That’s all I really can do. I’m not going to go down there and pout and bring down the guys who are there. I want to be a good team guy a good leader but at the same time I’m going to do my damnedest to get back to the NHL” said Jones who cleared waivers Thursday morning. “I’m playing for 30 teams now.” Wingers Jesse Joensuu and Ryan Hamilton made their cases at training camp while Jones didn’t do enough. He took another hit when the Oilers despite to bring an enforcer into the mix claimed Steve MacIntyre off the waiver wire inflating the number of forwards in camp. Jones said he was going to take a few days to take care off some necessary matters then make his way down to Oklahoma to get acclimatized and settled with the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate. Claimed off waivers in 2010 Jones played 195 games for the Oilers including the 27 he suited up for last season after returning from an eye injury. It was not his best season but the Oilers banking on the fact he could go back to being that versatile player who had put up 33 points in 2011-2012 and 18 goals the year before that re-signed Jones this off-season for $1.5 million. Head coach Dallas Eakins said he expects to see Jones back in the NHL framing the move as a chance for the veteran to get his game back rather than an outright dismissal.
Ryan Jones vows he’ll battle back to Edmonton Oilers lineup
Edmonton Journal | Sep 27