Linus Omark will go the way of other highly gifted Edmonton Oilers offensive enigmas like Rob Schremp and Jani Rita and take his talents over to Europe. Omark has been quite the lightning rod for Oilers’ fans alike. Some love his sublime talent and others can’t stand his standoffish play at times. Either way, it looks like Linus Omark’s time in Edmonton is finally coming to close.
Omark was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract offer from Edmonton, but one never came. Today, word came down from Linus Omark’s Twitter feed saying he has signed a deal with Zug of the Swiss League. Good on Omark for finding a home and now he can focus on playing hockey for the upcoming season.
This is the next natural progression for those that are squeezed out of the NHL. Play in Europe and get a chance to play big minutes. Wait for someone to notice his work to come around. The Swiss League isn’t as advanced as the Swedish Elite League or Russia’s KHL. So he will have to go above and beyond if his desires to play in the NHL are to be met.
What does it mean for the Oilers? Not much really, other than the Oklahoma City Barons will have once less bullet in the chamber. However, it was unlikely that Omark was going to sign a two-way deal to play in the AHL. Not after him making it very known that he desperately wanted to play in the NHL. The Oilers lose a depth player but a player that they would likely have to improve upon in the future at any rate. Omark and the Oilers was never really a true fit, not with all of the high profile youngsters the Oilers possess. It’s time for both sides to part ways. The Oilers aren’t any worse off today than they were yesterday.