Oklahoma City Barons it is..
The Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City has been named, and it is… *drum roll* … well you already know, since you saw the pic above, and since it’s been rumored for about a week or so now – Barons.
The Oklahoma City Barons start up in the 2010/2011 AHL Season in the Cox Covention Center which supports a pretty impressive 13,399 butts in chairs for hockey games.
Now, feel free to come to this site more often without your boss busting you for having some chick’s ass staring at him/her on your computer screen… at least for today.
Here is a shot of what the jersey will look like, from the Prodigal Hockey website:
Pretty anti-climatic… very expected, but here is the write up from the official Oilers e-mail:
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have assigned forward Jordan Eberle from the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Eberle, the Oilers first round draft choice (22nd overall) in 2008, finished the 2009-10 WHL season with 106 points (50G, 56A) in 57 games with the Pats. He led all WHL skaters in goals scored (50) and ranked second in the overall scoring race with 106 points. The 19-year-old also had the highest points-per-game average with 1.86 points per game and was named the WHL’s Player-of-the-Month for September and October.
Oilers AHL team to be moved to Oklahoma City
The Oilers have officially announced that the Oilers’ AHL franchise will move to Oklahoma City for the 2010-11 season.
Here is the details as per the Oilers’ official e-mail:
The Edmonton Oilers announced today the American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved the relocation of the Oilers’ inactive AHL franchise from Edmonton, Alberta to Oklahoma City for the 2010-11 hockey season.
Oklahoma City will become the home of the Oilers’ primary affiliate, the proving ground for the franchise’s top draft choices and prospects.
I’m sure Oklahomies will be lined up waiting to get a view at our last place AHL team. Apparently they do have a pretty strong hockey base there, however.
Believe it or not, the OK Ford Center which used to house the Oklahoma City Blazers (formerly of the Central Hockey League, not to be confused with the Junior’s CHL – the Canadian Hockey League) and has a capacity greater than a lot of NHL arenas. It can hold 18,036 fans. As exciting as that previous factoid was, the AHL based team will not be playing in that arena (thanks to Gr8one for that info). Read more here.
UPDATE: Devan Dubnyk has also been recalled from Springfield, and Bryan Pitton reassigned to the Falcons, per the Oilers’ official e-mail.
From the Oilers site:
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have assigned defencemen Taylor Chorney and Alex Plante to Springfield of the American Hockey League.
Chorney was recalled to Edmonton on January 25 and appeared in eight games with no points and a -3 rating.
Plante was recalled on January 31 and played in his first National Hockey League game recording an assist with 12 minutes of ice time. He skated in four games total with one assist and a +1 rating.
That means that both Smid and Staios will play tomorrow night against Phoenix.
Per the Oilers website:
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have reassigned defenceman Taylor Chorney to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Chorney, 22, has played 21 games with the Falcons collecting four goals and five assists. The Thunder Bay, ON native has appeared in 14 NHL games with the Oilers this season posting one assist. He was recalled on Wednesday and suited up in last night’s game versus Dallas.
Chorney was selected by the Oilers in the 2nd round, 36th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Seeing as how no one has been recalled in replacement, I presume that means Smid or Staios is back.