Omark Opus

Lowetide
December 11 2010 05:56AM

Jordan Eberle scored a sick shootout goal, just wicked. And you know what? Few will remember it. Why? Linus Omark brought out his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the crowd went wild. 

It's making headlines in Finland and it is the talk of the town here. Not just the shootout beauty, but the entire team. Lordy the Edmonton Oilers have some bullets, and this just a few short months after the entire organization seemed to be hanging by a thread.

Stink for a few years, draft well and then hang on for the ride. If I didn't hate the Flames so much, I'd suggest it to their general manager Crazy McNutty.  

The best part of the evening may have been the reaction to the shootout goal by the Lightning team.

GOT STAMKOS?

Village elder Steven Stamkos painted a grim picture for the future of our game when he spoke of the Omark tally. "I didn’t think it showed a lot of respect in this game.I mean, you don’t see Crosby or Ovechkin doing that and they’re the two best players in the game.(Omark’s) a creative player, he’s got good skill. I’m not taking that away from him, but it didn’t really have any implication on his moves, so I don’t know why he did that." The entire article is here.

I'll have a lash as to why he did that: it entertained the crowd and he scored a goal doing it!!! My word, the NHL needs about 30 of these guys to beat some of the stuffing out of a league that can turn a kid like Stamkos into Mr. Furry Brow overnight.

The fellow trying to choke poor Gerry Ehman of the Oakland Seals is none other than Eddie Shack. Back in the olden days, Shack would do damn near anything to entertain a crowd and he became known as a true character.

Make no mistake, Shack could play the game (he won wherever he went, strange coincidence I'm sure) and brought a physical element that bordered on crazy. Anyway, before we tell Mr. Omark to stop scoring goals that delight the crowd because we're fretting over the game's rich history, let's remember that this is hockey and we could use a little more character and a lot less structure in today's game.

 

What we have in Omark is a very important character in the story that is the new Oilers. He can play the Jerry Lewis part (to Pääjärvi's smooth Dean Martin) and when they make the Rat Pack films he can be the one who draws all the attention away from the robbery. Omark is a fully formed player and character: just add linemates and get rid of the extras, and we're on our way.

Question: after last night, how do you send Omark down when Hemsky is healthy? Riddle me that one, Batman. Linus rhymes with minus now, but this guy is the cock of the walk.

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#51 Tadzeus
December 11 2010, 10:17AM
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Good one-"fist lemmings into the sea of the irrelevant". 2010-11 Oilers = speed, pride, passion, and entertainment (at least some of the time). Who knew? The downside is perhaps no lottery pick. Will Stu M still be able to pull out an elite center and a tower of power d-man?

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#52 pelhem grenville
December 11 2010, 10:24AM
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so many people falling all over themselves about this circus act that at one time said "no comment" when asked if the Oiler organization was where he thought he should be...stauffer told him yesterday he had "mythic proportions" or some such gob...we treat this new smerf like beachfront property... i'm just waiting for him to start talking about himself in the third person...when he decides to leave when his contract is up he'll go all LeBron on us and say he's "taking his talents" elsewhere...Linus the Penis may someday be Linus tacked to the pine-us [what is up with this back and forth pronunciation business anyway...make up our minds for us please]...so much frothing and fawning...what is the big deal here, he's talented yes but he's not the second coming of you-know-who!

my jury is still out

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#53 Dodd
December 11 2010, 10:24AM
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We're in a pretty good spot right now. Not only because the bets we placed on our kids are paying, but because we've run the gamut already on highs and lows, and we still show a lot of promise.

When we eventually hit some more rough patches, we now know that success is just as easy to come by.

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#54 Harlie
December 11 2010, 10:40AM
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Should be interesting to hear what Grapes thought about Omark tonight on HNIC. I can see MacT giving it a thumbs down on TSN. But I can't wait for all the reaction over the next few televises.

And go GSP go. Knock that ass clown Koschek OUT!!! Spin O Rama drop kick to the head. Boo yah Omark stylze!!!

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#55 JorgeR04
December 11 2010, 10:41AM
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The Oilers are 7-2-2 in the last 11. And 15 points in the last 10 games. Not sure which one is more impressive but man is it fun.

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#56 madjam
December 11 2010, 10:50AM
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Is there no etiquette or political correctness in these brash and bold new entertainers like OMARK ? Cherry will probabln blast him as well , and who is Cherry to blast anyone to begin with ? I suppose league will fine him or suspend him for 20 games for conduct unbecoming to the other automatons that don't think creativity is anything more than intimidation and rubbing it in ?

Cudos for the kid for sprucing up the game and the shootout ! Maybe more will try the same now . Trust another Swede Cherry will probably say - just like Forsberg had done years earlier as i recall . Loved it and hope to see more creativity tried around the league . I wonder if Subban has any moves to go with his mouth on a shootout ?

The league more characters for it's entertainment package - nice to see some !!

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#57 Horcsky
December 11 2010, 10:53AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

so many people falling all over themselves about this circus act that at one time said "no comment" when asked if the Oiler organization was where he thought he should be...stauffer told him yesterday he had "mythic proportions" or some such gob...we treat this new smerf like beachfront property... i'm just waiting for him to start talking about himself in the third person...when he decides to leave when his contract is up he'll go all LeBron on us and say he's "taking his talents" elsewhere...Linus the Penis may someday be Linus tacked to the pine-us [what is up with this back and forth pronunciation business anyway...make up our minds for us please]...so much frothing and fawning...what is the big deal here, he's talented yes but he's not the second coming of you-know-who!

my jury is still out

I think I made it pretty clear in post #34 that it was the second coming of Jesus last night.

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#58 Oilcruzer
December 11 2010, 11:04AM
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@wax for my stick

Typical french hockey player to bitch about something. -----

Are you for real? That's a terrible thing to think, let alone write.

Go get some professional help.

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#59 Ryan14
December 11 2010, 11:06AM
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@pelhem grenville

"Omark was then asked if he felt that he was given a fair opportunity. "I don't want to discuss that, but I want to play a lot, so that's all I can say," he said.

Dave Mitchell of CTV followed up by tossing Omark a grenade, asking him if the Oilers are the best organization for him at this point in his career. To that, Omark offered: "No comment."  Matheson followed up by offering Omark didn't sound like he agreed with the decision to send him to Oklahoma City."

It sounds more like he didn't feel like he was given a fair shot. Nothing about wanting to be here.

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#60 Ryan2
December 11 2010, 11:09AM
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The only thing wrong about the SO goals is that it was not against Calgary...........

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#61 ubermiguel
December 11 2010, 11:20AM
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Pre-game had an interview clip with Hrudey who related a story about Al Arbour. In this story no less a coach than Al Arbour called hockey players "entertainers" on par with Broadway actors.

So St. Lois and Shamkos can shut it, Al Arbour said it's ok to be entertaining.

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#62 DonDon
December 11 2010, 11:27AM
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WOW! Hall, Eberle, MPS, Omark, Penner, Khabibulin, Cogliano all producing great performances and the defence keeping the Oil in the game last night.

When Hemsky and Horcoff return, time to reassess the makeup of the team. Should Fraser, Foster, MacIntyre, Stortini, Jacques, Vandermere, Strudwick fill positions that could go to developing more of the talent on the farm? Omark and O'Marra may be good enough to stick and there are others that may have earned the opportunity for more than a cup of coffee in the NHL.

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#63 Got Dangles
December 11 2010, 11:29AM
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wax for my stick wrote:

I can see why Stamkos might have thought what Omark did was a little dis respectful but to hear Martin St.Louis after the game bitch about it was a little offensive I thought. This coming from a guy who likes to skate in back wards most of the time on his shoot out attemps with his ass sticking out towards the goalie who also likes to throw in the snow job(spraying the goalie with snow) or spin o rama himself. Typical french hockey player to bitch about something. I don't get why Omark shouldn't be able to throw in his spin o rama at the start of the shoot out and yet St. Louis is allowed to do his at the end. f*#k, he sounded like a girl when he complained about it too, what a tool!

Agreed! I thought it was lame myself the st louis would complain about it...

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#64 Jerk Store
December 11 2010, 11:47AM
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Lowetide wrote:

I think Omark's reaction was real and no one has gotten to him (yet) to deliver the "Bull Durham" list of responses to the media.

Until he learns the book, we're going to get wonderful gifts from Omark. He's real.

LT you mean, "I am just happy to be here and I am taking it one shift at a time. The good Lord ....er ... whichever supreme being you believe in ... willing, the team will just keep on winning" ....would not be as honest as (or fun as),

"I do stuff like this. Why should I stop at this level?"

Gotta love it. Not sure if he is just young or a supremely talented flake, but I will say he is a hoot.

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#65 Bi-Curious Gord
December 11 2010, 11:55AM
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"Mr. Furry Brow"??? Classic! It's amusing to me how Martin St. Loius can bump his gums about the spin move. Hey Martin, before you lecture us about maturity and respecting the history of the game, take a gander at this clip of a certain undersized, skilled player show-boating in a shootout:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnVYDVhAQLc

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#66 Wax Man Riley
December 11 2010, 01:05PM
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madjam wrote:

Linus( King of Beasts, or is he the Peanuts comic character ) does his little twirl at the bus stop , at the bus stop , yeah he does his little twirl at the bus stop . Sorry Malone , Stamkos , and St.Louie have the Blues because they forgot to wear their tootoo's to the shootout at the Rexall Corall last night! Bleeding hearts they are . Wonder if clown suit Cherry liked it ?

Or does he do his little turn on the catwalk? Ya on the catwalk, ya, he does his little turn on the catwalk

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#67 Wax Man Riley
December 11 2010, 01:11PM
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@madjam

And yes those props are from me. That quote was almost as creative as Omark's shootouts.

~Why you gotta be such a hot dog?~

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#68 Spartacus
December 11 2010, 10:45PM
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madjam wrote:

Is there no etiquette or political correctness in these brash and bold new entertainers like OMARK ? Cherry will probabln blast him as well , and who is Cherry to blast anyone to begin with ? I suppose league will fine him or suspend him for 20 games for conduct unbecoming to the other automatons that don't think creativity is anything more than intimidation and rubbing it in ?

Cudos for the kid for sprucing up the game and the shootout ! Maybe more will try the same now . Trust another Swede Cherry will probably say - just like Forsberg had done years earlier as i recall . Loved it and hope to see more creativity tried around the league . I wonder if Subban has any moves to go with his mouth on a shootout ?

The league more characters for it's entertainment package - nice to see some !!

No, no, no.

Get off the bandwagon, madjam. You are not allowed to enjoy this. Off, I say!

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#69 pelhem grenville
December 12 2010, 08:09AM
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@Ryan14

i'm thinking that's splitting hairs...

he still actually said "No Comment"...

i can't remember a time i heard any player say that to any question...maybe Bertuzzi re:Steve Moore but i think Matty got him off the hook by offering up his answer or version of how the kid needed to play it...

bottom line for me is this kid is scarier than he needs to be ... talent out the wazoo yes but he's almost like a trainwreck waiting to happen. and here i thought we'd seen the best Oiler trainwreck ever with Robbie Schremp.

jus sayin'

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#70 Burger_Man
December 13 2010, 10:33AM
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" . . . turned the puck as soon as napattuaan a full circle around, did hämäyslaukauksen and finally put the game means Lightning guard Dan Ellis in between your legs."

. . . now that is funny! I love Google Translate - gets just enough to be comical . . .

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