ZUG OMARK. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Linus Omark Signs One Year Deal To Play In Switzerland

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We’ve beaten this one to death over the last year, so we’ll beat it one more time, and hopefully never have to beat it again.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Linus Omark refused to sign his qualifying offer and has instead signed on with Zug of the Swiss League.  Details of the contact haven’t been released as of this time, all that can be verified is that it’s a one year deal.

Good.  Good for Omark.

I really wanted to see Omark land a job in the NHL, but once Edmonton offered him a qualifying offer, the chances of seeing him in another NHL team’s threads went from slim to near absolute zero.

Omark scored 27 points as a rookie in 51 games in 2010-11, which was good for ninth overall in team scoring.  Omark never really got a good chance to showcase himself in 2011-12, and was limited to just 14 games in the NHL (and 18 in OKC).  While I think he would have been an excellent option for the bottom six, the narrative that he was just the ‘odd man out’ will be much louder than the actual substance of his play.  I’m not about to suggest he would be a good replacement for Ryan Smyth, but to suggest that he wouldn’t have been a dramatic upgrade on the fourth line would be lying to yourself.

There’s no argument that Omark’s determination may have helped land him in unfavourable waters.  Omark made it apparent on more than one occasion that he didn’t want to play in the AHL.  Once that broke out, the writing was on the wall.  He wasn’t a team player, he wasn’t good in the locker room…whatever line you’d like to take, it was ripe for the picking.

Eventually, he wanted out.

BUT HE’S NOT A FOURTH LINE PLAYER

Don’t kid yourself.  He might have needed a bit more than three minutes a night, but the fourth line of 55-20-16 could have benefited from a little window dressing on most nights.  If Omark wasn’t your guy, maybe it could’ve been Hartikainen, who spent just 17 games in the NHL last year.  Maybe it could’ve been Paajarvi, who spent half the season in the AHL.

Even if you don’t agree and think that Linus Omark was a plague among a team, this is another case where the Oilers had a legit player, but ended up with nothing at the end.

Good luck to you in Switzerland, Linus.  See you back in the NHL soon.

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