According to Gene Principe via Twitter, the Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Linus Omark on waivers with the intent being to send him to Oklahoma City of the AHL.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise given Omark’s inability to impress during the Oilers pre-season games. It may come as a surprise to some who were elated to see the Oilers re-sign Omark this summer to a one-year deal after watching him consistently produce last season in Europe.
Despite given ample opportunity to make an impression on new head coach Dallas Eakins this pre-season, Omark couldn’t elevate his game to the level that is now required to wear the copper and blue. A trip to the minors could now await the player famously known for his spin-o-rama to start a shootout.
Should another NHL team claim Omark they would have the option of acquiring his rights which would leave Edmonton without any compensation for the forward. At this point, this Oilers club doesn’t appear to be the spot for Omarks services, not with the direction that Eakins is taking them.
One thing we know about this Oilers club is that they will compete every night. Whether or not Omark chose to buy in to that model is unknown but Eakins will want a tough and physical club to be on the ice and that may have been Omarks down fall. That and his inconsistent work ethic.
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