Then and Now: Randy Jones


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Randy Jones joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization for the 2003-2004 campaign. After he totaled 53 points in 68 games with Clarkson University over the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons, Jones participated in a combined 60 games with the Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms in the season before the lost year of 2004-2005.

Jones played in just five games with the Flyers during the 2003-2004 season, as he failed to record a point and was plus-1 in his stretch with the Orange and Black. He suited up in five games from March 6th to March 27th, as Philly went 2-3-0 when Jones was in their lineup.

With the Phantoms, the blue liner recorded eight goals and 24 helpers in 55 games along with 63 PIMs before he took part in the 2004 AHL playoffs. After the Phantoms eliminated the Norfolk Admirals in six games, the Flyers’ affiliate lost in the same number of games to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Division Finals. Jones had one assist and 17 minutes in the sin bin, as well as a minus-1 rating.

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During the lockout that canceled the entire 2004-2005 NHL season, the former Cobourg Cougar spent the entire year with the Phantoms. After he had five tallies and 19 helpers in 69 games during the regular season, Jones suited up for 18 of the Phantoms’ 21 games on their way to the 2005 Calder Cup. The defenseman was plus-6 with five assists.

The 2005-2006 season was the first year that Jones spent more time in the NHL than in the AHL. The d-man spent 28 games with the Flyers and 21 contests with the Phantoms, where he compiled 13 points, 69 PIMs, and a minus-13 rating between the squads.

Jones failed to score his first NHL goal during the 2005-2006 campaign, but he did provide eight helpers for the Orange and Black. He also had two goals and three assists in 21 games with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate. Unfortunately for the rearguard, he didn’t see playoff action for either the Flyers or Phantoms, as he didn’t suit up for the Flyers in their series against the Buffalo Sabres and the Phantoms didn’t qualify for the postseason.

The 2006-2007 hockey year may have been a forgettable time for the Flyers as a team, but it was a memorable time for Jones. The 22-48-12 record for the Flyers saw Jones’ first season entirely with the Flyers and the defenseman’s first NHL goal.

Jones had four goals during his 66-game stint with the Orange and Black, his first of which came on November 2nd against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Down by three goals in the third period, R.J. Umberger cut the deficit to two with 8:40 left in regulation before Jones made it a one-goal game just 21 seconds later with his first tally in the NHL.

The blue liner also scored in the Flyers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on December 2nd, Philly’s 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on January 18th, and the Flyers’ 4-3 defeat to the Isles on March 24th.

The defenseman also had 18 assists, 38 PIMs, and minus-14 during 2006-2007.

Jones saw another first in the 2007-2008 season, as he got his first taste of the NHL postseason in the 2008 playoffs.

With five goals and 26 assists in 71 games, Jones helped the Orange and Black on their way to the six-seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 42-29-11. Philly was pinned against the winners of the Southeast Division in the Washington Capitals.

The Flyers beat the Caps in seven games and the top-seeded Montreal Canadiens in five games during the following round before they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals. After he missed Game 1 of their series against Washington, Jones took part in the final 16 playoff games for the Orange and Black, where he had two assists and a plus-6 rating.

Jones experienced an injury-riddled campaign in 2008-2009, as the blue liner recorded his first game-winning goal in the NHL.

The defenseman only took part in 47 games, as he missed 30 games due to a hip injury and a handful of games due to a lower-body injury as well as the flu. In those 47 games, Jones had four goals and four helpers along with 22 PIMs and a plus-8 rating.

Three of Jones’ goals came in a five-game span for the Flyers from late January to early February. A pair of those three goals were game-winners, as he potted the second goal for Philly in a 6-1 win over the Lightning on January 30th and an overtime-tally against the Boston Bruins on February 7th (go to 3:57).

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Philly’s postseason run in 2009 wasn’t as glorious as the 2008 stretch, as the Flyers lost to the Pens in a six-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinals’ meeting. Jones’ lone point in the postseason was the secondary assist on Daniel Carcillo’s goal in Philly’s 3-1 loss in Game 4. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 of 46 in the contest.

The infamous Game 6 of that series against the Penguins was Jones’ final game as a Flyer, as Philly waived him early in the 2009-2010 season. The defender was picked up by the Los Angeles Kings.

Jones’ final six games with the Flyers’ organization all came with the Phantoms, as he had one assist and six PIMs along with a minus-3 rating.

Naturally, in Jones’ first game with the Kings on November 11th, 2009, the defenseman had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles’ 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Jones would post another performance where he recorded a goal and an assist just three games later in a Kings’ 4-3 decision over the Florida Panthers in a shootout.

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The d-man finished the 2009-2010 regular season with five goals and 16 assists in 48 games, as he missed eight games with a neck injury and one game with an elbow injury.

The Kings decided not to bring Jones back for the 2010-2011 campaign, as the blue liner joined the Tampa Bay Lightning. He signed a one-year contract for $1 million, a cut of $1,750,000 from his salary for the seasons of 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

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Although he played in 13 more games for the Lightning in 2010-2011 than he did for the Kings in the previous season, Jones posted eight less points, as he had just one goal and 12 helpers.

The Bolts endured an 18-game postseason run in the 2011 NHL playoffs, which concluded with a 1-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Jones saw five games in the postseason for the Lightning, as his final playoff point in the NHL was an assist on Vincent Lecavalier’s overtime-tally in Game 2 of Tampa Bay’s series against the Washington Capitals in the ECSF. Jones missed a total of 24 regular season and playoff games with an ankle injury.

The defenseman became an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011 and signed with the Winnipeg Jets to a one-year deal worth $1,150,000.

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Jones missed 15 games with a right ankle injury and nine games with an upper-body injury, but still only suited up for 39 games with the Jets. Ironically, Jones only had one goal for the Jets and it came in Winnipeg’s 9-8 victory over the Flyers on October 27th. The defenseman also had an assist during the season for two points, eight PIMs, and plus-4 rating for his entire time with the Jets.

The last time the d-man took part in an NHL contest was in Winnipeg’s 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on March 26th. He was minus-1 with one hit and one blocked shot in 7:31 TOI in his final game at the highest level.

Jones didn’t find work until he signed a professional try-out with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. Suiting up in his first game with the Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate on February 8th, Jones took part in 17 games and finished with one helper, 29 PIMs, and a minus-3 rating during the regular season.

The Barons finished seventh in the AHL’s Western Conference and are currently taking on the fourth-seeded Charlotte Checkers, the Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL squad. After an overtime loss in Game 1, Oklahoma City took Game 2 to even the series at 1-1.

In the first two games of the series, Jones has a goal and two assists with a plus-3 rating. All three of his points came in Game 2′s win.

Game 3 of the series is tonight in Charlotte.