August 29, 2012
Oilers' Omark off to Switzerland
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
Linus Omark, who always had the hands of a magician, made one last move as an Edmonton Oiler on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Swede signed a contract with Zug of the Swiss Elite League, closing the book on his attempt to become a regular full-time Oiler.
The Oilers closed their end of the book months ago, trying to move him at the trade deadline and again at the NHL Entry Draft, but there were no takers.
Knowing there was no place for him in Edmonton, or anywhere else in the NHL, as it turned out, Omark turned his attention back to Europe.
Thanks to his many YouTube highlights, Omark arrived in Edmonton with more fanfare than any fourth-round pick (97th overall) should (except maybe Mike Comrie, who went 91st overall), but never quite lived up to the hype.
He had a good rookie season, putting up 27 points in 51 games, but as Edmonton began adding better high-end talent, he got left behind. Omark spent most of his second season in the press box, playing just 16 games and registering three points.
The Oilers only official response to news of Omark’s move to Switzerland was a frosty dismissive one-sentence quote attributed to GM Steve Tambellini in a media release: “We are aware of Linus signing with Zug of the Swiss Elite League, and are sure that he will have a successful season there.”
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