by Lisa Brown on 12/13/13 at 12:56 AM ET
Linus Omark is still unhappy, and still more than willing to talk to the Swedish media. After playing a lockout year in Switzerland, the Oilers and Omark appeared to have mended fences, or at the very least perhaps new GM Craig MacTavish decided to try his hand at working with Linus Omark. Regardless of what happened in the background, Omark agreed to a one year two way contract and began the season in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons. But that’s where he’s stayed (aside from one NHL game) despite highlight reel goals, game winning goals, repeated multiple goal games and a lot of buzz. And why?
According to Google translate, Omark told Simon Jakobsson that he is looking at his options. From Jakobsson’s article “Linus Omark wants most of all lira in the NHL. But nothing will happen before Christmas so he will look over their options in Europe. For he has no plans to stay in the AHL the rest of the season.”
So where is the problem? Are none of the 29 NHL teams interested in Omark, at all? Is the team looking for too much? Or is it simply a matter of Omark becoming a free agent this summer.
Omark was one of the most highly anticipated prospects at one time. He turned heads in the shootout, but then quickly his popularity fizzled out. Now, fans would be happy to get a pick from trading him. How could MacT not feel the same? The only reasonable arguement is that they would rather have that scoring in OKC than the fourth or fifth round draft pick he might bring. But, while OKC is a concern, MacT's long term goal is what is good for the Edmonton Oilers.
If the Oilers aren't interested in keeping Omark around, and if Omark wants to play somewhere, anywhere else, free Omark, make it happen MacT.
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