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Buffalo likely to terminate Omark’s contract

Feb 17, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 14: Linus Omark #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 14, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Getty Images

Linus Omark might have played in his last NHL game. The 27-year-old forward was put on unconditional waivers by the Buffalo Sabres for the presumed purpose of terminating his contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

After recording two assists in 14 games with the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers this season, Buffalo placed Omark on waivers on Feb. 7 and sent him to the minors. However, he refused to play for AHL Rochester.

Instead, it looks like Omark would like to continue his playing career in his native Sweden.

Buffalo acquired Omark from the Oilers in December in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.

If this is the end of his tenure in the NHL, then Omark will have finished with eight goals, 32 points, and 40 penalty minutes in 79 games.

  1. djshnooks - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    What a bum, get him out of here on the next flight leaving Buffalo or Rochester.

    We don’t need selfish pathetic underachievers around the young prospects anyways…half of whom are already than Omark himself.

    This is why Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier never draft, signed or traded for Europeans…they immediately think they can jump the pound if things don’t go their way. Kovy can do this, but Linus Omark!?!

    See ya bum.

    • budzo83 - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      There are so many things wrong with this statement:

      1. We’re talking about the Buffalo Sabres… Where are you hiding this treasure chest of prospects that you need to keep him from currupting?
      2. Umm…Ville Leino, Christian Ehrhoff, Tomas Vanek, Miro Satan, etc. Buffalo started the season with 10 Europeans on the roster
      3. So there are only elite European players in the league and everyone else goes back to Europe? But that’s acceptable if they are truly elite?

      Bottom line is he is a skill guy that hasn’t been good enough to crack the top six in the NHL. I believe he was the leading scorer in the Swiss League during the lockout, so why wouldn’t he go somewhere where he can play his game rather than go down to the AHL where he will be groomed to play a 3rd/4th line checking role?

    • timmyp716 - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Joel Armia, Zemgus Girgensons, Jhonas Enroth, Rasmus Ristolainen are all draft picks of Darcy Regier……….and all EUROPEAN.

  2. ruthlessandtoothless - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    32 points in your first 79 games isn’t all that bad… had it all been in one season he’d be considered to be having a pretty solid rookie year

    • bullwinkle88 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Isn’t all that bad? Just watch how quickly he drops through the league waiver wire. The proof is in the pudding. He blew it (or maybe never had it to begin with)

      • ruthlessandtoothless - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Not claiming he’s a worthwhile NHLer. I was just pointing out that he had better stats thank I knew of.

      • ruthlessandtoothless - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Not claiming he’s a worthwhile NHLer. I was just pointing out that he had better stats than I knew of.

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