The owner of the minor league Oklahoma City Blazers claims an NHL franchise has contacted him about a potential move to the capital city.
Businessman Bob Funk would not say which team made the call, but reports in Canada and Oklahoma are that the Calgary Flames are interested in relocating.
Oklahoma City is one of four possibilities. The others are Kansas City, Houston and Portland, Ore.
But Flames CEO Ron Bremner is denying the reports even though the team said earlier this year that it might be forced to move if it doesn't boost revenues.
"I have not initiated any calls to anyone in the United States," he told the Calgary Herald.
"I will tell you that I have had a call regarding the team from one city, in confidence, and that's where it is," Bremner added. "But as I told them, and I want to make this abundantly clear, my whole focus is to get the job done here."
Oklahoma City, building a new arena, has tried in the past to land an NHL team.
Funk didn't say if he was interested in becoming an owner or part-owner of a relocated team.
"You don't know until you see what kind of money they're talking about," he explained. "Many of the NHL teams are losing money, not making money."