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Linus Omark wants to return to NHL

Aug 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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Linus Omark has spent a year away from the NHL but now he wants to return.

A report out of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet says  (h/t David Staples) he’s left his Swiss team, EV Zug, and is ready to return to the NHL.

There’s one problem though: His rights are still owned by the Edmonton Oilers and it doesn’t sound like they want him back and they’re not close to trading him.

In Switzerland, Omark played on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner and they lit up the Swiss league. When those two headed back to the NHL after the lockout ended, Omark kept producing and led that league in assists and points.

If Omark were to return to the Oilers he’d find a player there that’s sort of in his mold already in David Perron. Omark’s agent says they’re close to a deal but unless Edmonton parts ways with his rights, he might be stuck looking for a new European team.

  1. jl9830 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Isn’t it Buffalo Sabres day on PHT? Where are all the Buffalo Sabres articles??

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Amen I was thinking the same thing.

    • schmert99 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      In the Pacific Division, Calgary comes after Anaheim. You might want to wait until the Atlantic division is up.

  2. ibieiniid - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    A striped shirt and blue blanket night at Rexall would be in order.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      apologies if that analogy is tired.

  3. spr41 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Sign him and if he makes the team move Hall to center. 1st line – Perron, Hall, Eberle. 2nd line – Omark, Gagner, Yakupov. When RNH comes back depending on how Omark does, Gagner is 3rd line center or Omark is replaced by Perron on 2nd line and Linus gets sent down. Gets to prove he’s a Top 6 FW while Hopkins out.

  4. ray2013 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    I don’t think they want him back in Edmonton, even though I enjoyed him in shootouts.

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