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Missed opportunity? Sabres waive Omark

Feb 7, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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Linus Omark‘s days in Buffalo and the NHL could be numbered.

The Sabres put the Swedish forward on waivers following a less-than impressive run with the team. In 13 games, Omark had no goals and two assists. He was a healthy scratch last night against Ottawa and has been scratched other times since joining the Sabres.

Buffalo acquired Omark from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade back in December hoping that a change of scenery and an opportunity to play in the NHL would help him break out.

That hasn’t happened, however, and after not being able to break out on the league’s worst team, it may be difficult for him to earn an opportunity with another NHL team. The Oilers signed Omark before the season after he had a big season playing for Zug in the Swiss National League. Perhaps Switzerland is where his game works best.

  1. buddysguys - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    so long Lee-nus

  2. bullwinkle88 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    They gave him a fair shot. He just didn’t have it at the NHL level.

    • westinpat - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Is the AHL taking a break also with the Olympics?

      • hockeydon10 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        I don’t think the AHL plays into this for two reasons.

        First, the AHL is the player up-and-coming players are sent to learn how to play in the NHL. Having a guy like him around those developing players will probably not be the first choice of a lot of GMs.

        Second, he’ll probably make as good or better money playing in Europe, where he’s from and will be more comfortable.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Nope, and he’d qualify to play there if he clears waivers.

      • westinpat - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Which may be what Buffalo wants. Play for two weeks then recall him when the NHL starts up again.

  3. hockeydon10 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Some guys just don’t have it. Can’t feel sorry for a guy that will still have a hockey career even if it is in Europe.

  4. storminator16 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    From the games I’ve watched of him it seems he refuses to adjust his game to a North American one. The guy holds onto the puck, makes nothing happen, then promptly turns it over. All the while, he ignores the other 4 guys on the ice with him. Once he realizes that doesn’t work, he has a chance but I think he just used up his last one.

  5. stcrowe - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    He has lots of skill but no finish.

  6. ralphwilsonisrich - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Wearing Mike Foligno number 17 jersey didn’t help

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