Scouting Oklahoma City

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Edmonton Oilers brass were in Oklahoma City last week scouting out potential new locations for the Oilers AHL affiliate, currently in Springfield, Mass.

They toured the arena and reportedly met with city officials.

"We've had multiple and consistent inquiries from NHL teams about our market through the years," Mayor Mick Cornett told the Oklahoman newspaper.

Oklahoma City, in the Double-A Central Hockey League since 1992, consistently ranks near the top of the league in attendance. They're averaging 6,227 through nine games this season, tops in the 16-team CHL. That figure would rank sixth in the AHL.

"The NHL recognizes several things about our market," Cornett said. "That it's big, that the Blazers have been a success and that we have a good fan base. If you think of those things, it's only natural that when they think about where they are going to put their teams they think about Oklahoma City."

The Oilers have a deal in place with Springfield through 2010.


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