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Linus Omark's Curious Qualifying Offer

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So Linus Omark got a qualifying offer today.

That’s not something we expected, was it?

This is a guy who voiced his malcontent on Twitter a couple of months back.   This guy played in just 14 games this year, after finding himself at a 40 point pace a year prior.

This guy wanted out.

The NHL Entry draft came, and went.  Linus Omark remained a member of the Oilers, which led me to believe that either 1) no one was interested in his services, or 2) the Oilers didn’t put together a package to acquire a player or a draft pick in return.

So naturally, I thought what I believed most other fans would’ve thought, and that Linus Omark wouldn’t be receiving a qualifying offer, and he’d be another prospect that walks.  It’s not even a surprise anymore, I mean, this team paid Sheldon Souray over 2 million dollars last year to not play for the Oilers, and will pay him another 1.5M this year to not play for the Oilers.

Reminds me a bit of Liam Reddox, who was allowed to sign in Sweden for nothing.  Granted, Reddox wasn’t all angry in public, but this is another prospect who I thought was going walk for zero return.

But on Monday, that didn’t happen.  Omark was qualified with six other Oilers (Dubnyk, Petry, Gagner, VandeVelde, Peckham, and Alex Plante, who I thought would have been voted off the island).  Omark was sent a qualifying offer to remain a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

This ensures that the Oilers will at least retain his rights as an RFA for a bit longer.  I don’t think anyone’s going to come hurling $2M at the guy, but if they did, it would ensure the Oilers would get at least something in return.  Maybe they’re thinking about putting him together in a package deal, or just sending him off somewhere for a draft pick.  (I’m not sure about that last part, if it was going to happen, the draft would’ve been a prime spot for that sort of thing).

And what if something really off the wall happens?  Say Omark accepts the qualifying offer for 875K.  It’d be a two-way deal, so that would lead me to believe he wouldn’t.  But it’s a hard offer, and Omark has expressed much interest in playing in the NHL.  He’d have to blow the doors off of training camp (if he signed, he’d report).  I don’t put this scenario at the top of the list, but wouldn’t rule it out completely.

Most likely, they offered him a QO to retain his rights and nothing more.  I still think Omark has something to offer the Oilers, but if they’re planning on jettisoning him out of town, they at least went about this particular scenario a bit better than previous.

They might actually get something instead of nothing.

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