OMARK GOING TO OKC

Jason Gregor
November 01 2011 06:09PM

Linus Omark has been sent down to OKC. He does have an out-clause in his contract to go to Sweden, but he will report to the AHL. It is a smart move on his part. He wants to play in the NHL, and staying in North America makes the most sense for him.

He doesn't have to clear waivers, so if he plays well the Oilers can recall him without worrying about losing him on re-entry waivers. He needs to play and he is better off playing in the AHL than eating popcorn in an NHL pressbox.

The Oilers will also recall Colten Teubert with Cam Barker still questionable. Tom Renney said today he wasn't sure when they would call up Teubert, but it sounds like he will join them sooner than later.

Smart move by the Oilers and Omark to go to OKC. He'll get lots of icetime under Todd Nelson and if he can find some consistency I think he'll find himself back in the NHL.


Omark will join the team in Abbotsford and likely play Thursday and Saturday. If the Oilers announced the demotion today he would have had to fly to OKC today and join the team. However, since OKC is flying out to Abbotsford tomorrow, they can wait and announce it tomorrow and then he can join them in Abbotsford.

Strange rule, but that is why the Oilers won't announce his re-assignment until tomorrow.

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#1 The Real Scuba Steve
November 01 2011, 06:08PM
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Fist to say Omark has always been a slow starter. He should stay.

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#2 Wax Man Riley
November 01 2011, 06:09PM
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I'll be fist to admit that I didn't see this coming.

Edit: Curse you Scuba Steve!

I rag on Omark being a bad player with little to offer, but I didn't expect this. I thought he would get a couple more games to get his legs back. Now does he go back to Sweden?

I doubt it. I think he is a very proud man, and going back would indicate failure.

Rip it up in the AHL. Get some legs back, come back and SIUTBOYC! That includes me.

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#3 Kai
November 01 2011, 06:32PM
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Id imagine that rule is there to prevent teams from cheaping out and assigning players during layoffs without actually sending them down and saving some coin by paying the ahl side of the two way contract.

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#4 sofarsogood
November 01 2011, 06:36PM
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When we go to the cup final in the first year of the new rink, will omark be in the plans. I doubt it.

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#5 Captain Obvious
November 01 2011, 06:38PM
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In a rational world this would be so that Omark could get some game time before being called back up to play again.

In the real world he rots in the AHL until he is traded for nothing. If he is called up it will only be because they are forced by injury to do so. In which case he'll play marginal minutes until they blame him for everything again.

If they don't think he is a real NHL player I don't understand why they didn't trade him in the offseason before they destroyed his value. I don't know what he would have been worth but I know it was more than it was after being benched 10 minutes into the season. Now they've destroyed his value and there is no way to get it back. Even if he plays well in the AHL what is that going to prove. He's already over a point per game in the AHL and he already has a reputation as a minor league player. Playing well can't change that reputation. However, playing poorly could confirm it. This is a lose-lose proposition for both the Oilers and Omark.

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#6 Quicksilver ballet
November 01 2011, 06:57PM
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Oh man, Archie's going to be so disappointed. Of all people, it has to be his favorite player getting the shaft here. Poor Arch. :(

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#7 VK63
November 01 2011, 07:00PM
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@Captain Obvious

Im not sure I follow how the Oilers have destroyed his value. What was he worth this summer in your opinion.

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#8 OilFan
November 01 2011, 07:02PM
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Omark hasn't been a good fit this season, I hope this will help. So do the Oil make a trade for a dman with Sutton being suspended ? Gagner on the move ?

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#9 VK63
November 01 2011, 07:04PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

On the contrary.. archs position will be.. hes a goat.. where else but the farm?

I had souray pegged as goat material a couple years back and he even got sent to a dont contaminate the prize livestock farm.

That hurt.

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#10 shiva
November 01 2011, 07:15PM
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I guess this is a good thing. Time to get my tickets for the game here in Abbotsford Saturday. :)

Looking so forward to watching Harki and Omark.

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#11 Quicksilver ballet
November 01 2011, 07:24PM
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VK63 wrote:

On the contrary.. archs position will be.. hes a goat.. where else but the farm?

I had souray pegged as goat material a couple years back and he even got sent to a dont contaminate the prize livestock farm.

That hurt.

Are you sure roughneck?

He's been really animated on this issue, was darn sure he was his biggest fan. Nobody speaks of Omark more on this forum than Arch. Never had him pegged as a Hang'em high kinda guy. Who knew....

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#12 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
November 01 2011, 07:27PM
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Gee that didn't take long. Time to celebrate Arch.

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#13 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
November 01 2011, 07:29PM
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@ Captain Obvious or, maybe they could get next to nothing for him in a trade over the summer.

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#14 Tayranchula
November 01 2011, 07:42PM
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I hope Tuebert plays against LA. If so I hope he rocks someone and scores a point. I really like how the Oil are keeping Plante's confidence up by calling him up getting him into a game and sending him down and now giving Teubert his NHL debut. The things I notice about good teams in the NHL is they have players on the farm team that come up and play and not stand out like rookies. Hartikinen will get a call up if a bottom 6 player goes down and if a top 6 player goes down Omark will get called up. I like the flexibility the Oilers have with call ups now.

Sutton suspension was a joke, 2 games at most would have been enough. Wasnt hurt on the play, player is 6 inches shorter and it wasnt even vicisious. Im getting really sick of the NHL and how pussified it is becoming. I miss the old days when a player would single out the opposing teams best player and then have to answer for it.

Also all the crap with the visors just irratates me. These are grown men we are talking about. I had to make decisions on my life when I was 16 Im pretty sure a 15 year vet can make a decision if he wants to wear protection or not. Every league other than the NHL has to wear visors so sooner or later it will just be apart of the league, stop trying to mandate it NHL its annoying as heck

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#15 Coco Crisp
November 01 2011, 07:47PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *SADFACE*

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#16 justDOit
November 01 2011, 07:49PM
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Oh is he going to be steamed! But this is probably easier for him to take than being a HS.

I wonder if he's got another 5 goal game in him, to SUITBOYC.

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#17 Craig1981
November 01 2011, 07:56PM
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This isn't that big of deal. Several players get sent down. Smid did.......and he is one of the only prospects of that team that is still an oiler.

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#18 Matt Henderson
November 01 2011, 08:14PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Gee that didn't take long. Time to celebrate Arch.

He's right where he belongs. If he can turn those skills into something that is more consistant then he could be a good offensive weapon.

I just wish my Star would get around to making me look a little smarter.

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#19 The Beaker
November 01 2011, 08:28PM
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@Matt Henderson

Your star scoring 50 wouldn't change your looks Arch :)

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#20 Wanyes bastard child
November 01 2011, 08:43PM
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The Beaker wrote:

Your star scoring 50 wouldn't change your looks Arch :)

He's rocking the young Harrison Ford avi, betcha %99 of women disagree with you ;)

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#21 stevezie
November 01 2011, 08:54PM
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As an Omark supporter I have no problem with this, provided that when he goes down there and tears it up appropriate action as taken.

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#22 Dennis
November 01 2011, 09:10PM
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this leaves the Oilers with just 12 healthy forwards. so does this mean 83 could play as early as Thurs night or does it mean they are cool with rolling the dice and hoping no one gets hurt during practice or in the weight room etc

I hate it when teams purposely leave themselves short

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#23 Romanus
November 01 2011, 09:11PM
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OilFan wrote:

Omark hasn't been a good fit this season, I hope this will help. So do the Oil make a trade for a dman with Sutton being suspended ? Gagner on the move ?

why?

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#24 The Beaker
November 01 2011, 09:11PM
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@Wanyes Bastard Child

lol, never said it was a good or a bad thing. But for better or worse thats the face... avatar... he's stuck with. .... Oh wait.

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#25 Eulers
November 01 2011, 11:34PM
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Sending good players down from a healthy roster with depth & role players instead of grabbing whoever you can get from the farm to replace gaping holes in an injury depleted lineup--WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????????????

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#26 Clarko
November 01 2011, 11:46PM
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My prediction is that if the Hall-RNH-Eberle struggles for the first two games of the road trip, Hemsky will take Eberle's spot on the line and Eberle will play with Horcoff and Smyth.

As great as those kids have been at home, they have struggled somewhat on the road so far. I think Hemsky (who in my opinion is still the best puck carrying player on the team) has proven he can be successful against the opposition's top D-men. Give him some talented players on his line like Hall and RNH and I think they could be dynamic.

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#27 David S
November 02 2011, 12:23AM
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Eulers wrote:

Sending good players down from a healthy roster with depth & role players instead of grabbing whoever you can get from the farm to replace gaping holes in an injury depleted lineup--WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????????????

Don't worry. Teubert will re-validate your point of view.

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#28 Oilcruzer
November 02 2011, 12:28AM
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Smart move. He will get his chances to come up. How many times was JFJ called?

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#29 Saytalk
November 02 2011, 04:43AM
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Smart move. Giving Don Biggs- oops, I mean Linus Omark -some playing time in the AHL is better than having him sit in the pressbox. By the way, Omark has never had much in the way of trade value (maybe a 4th round pick?).

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#30 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
November 02 2011, 06:56AM
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Saytalk wrote:

Smart move. Giving Don Biggs- oops, I mean Linus Omark -some playing time in the AHL is better than having him sit in the pressbox. By the way, Omark has never had much in the way of trade value (maybe a 4th round pick?).

Can I ask how you know his value? Is this a guess or real live information we're talking here?

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#31 Hemipower
November 02 2011, 07:13AM
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I don't know why they didn't just film more u-tube video's of him spinning around on the ice. Then we could could have more people commenting about how awesome he is and how his value is so high.I mean, one good u-tube video is worth a couple 50 point season's in the nhl,right?

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#32 Oilers88
November 02 2011, 07:49AM
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OilFan wrote:

Omark hasn't been a good fit this season, I hope this will help. So do the Oil make a trade for a dman with Sutton being suspended ? Gagner on the move ?

Sutton's next game is November 11. 9 days away. I don't think there is need to trade to replace him..

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#33 Ted Sheckler
November 02 2011, 07:52AM
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Hemipower wrote:

I don't know why they didn't just film more u-tube video's of him spinning around on the ice. Then we could could have more people commenting about how awesome he is and how his value is so high.I mean, one good u-tube video is worth a couple 50 point season's in the nhl,right?

Yes! It worked out great for that Shremp kid. With a little more ice time in the AHL Omark could improve and develop into another Vladimir Vujtek.

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#34 SLURVE
November 02 2011, 07:53AM
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Do not know the real reason why Omark is sitting either than the fact they are loaded with too many nhl ready players.

IMO, Jones should be sitting some games and move Gagner up to replace him. Then, place MPS back with Omark. They play well together. I know Omark was a force last year on the pp. He set up lots of nice plays esp at the half boards- this was when Hemsky was injured. There were talks last year that the Oilers should develop at least the second unit pp around Omark. Omark has skill, creativity and is relentless in pursuit of the puck. I guess he may be a defensive liability and or his lack of size may be an issue for Renney.

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#35 Talbot17
November 02 2011, 08:32AM
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why is everyone saying this is bad? clearly when your team is rolling, you dont put in a guy on a line thats been cold and take someone out - this gives him playing time cause he otherwise wouldnt see a game for a while longer.

The problem with Omark is consistency, how do you not see this? sending him down to the AHL gives him the chance to regain that consistency, then when its time to come up he will have more flow to his game and probably produce.

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#36 mayorpoop
November 02 2011, 08:49AM
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Talbot17 wrote:

why is everyone saying this is bad? clearly when your team is rolling, you dont put in a guy on a line thats been cold and take someone out - this gives him playing time cause he otherwise wouldnt see a game for a while longer.

The problem with Omark is consistency, how do you not see this? sending him down to the AHL gives him the chance to regain that consistency, then when its time to come up he will have more flow to his game and probably produce.

the problem with Omark ISN'T consistency it's lack of chance to prove anything this year. if consistency was the real factor then their are others as well who could be riding the bus or watching from the cheap seats.

this is the right decision, for now. if he won't get playing time with the big club then he needs it in AHL. glamorous no, necessary yes.

Omark seems to be the new Schremp in oiler land. just because he can dazzle does not mean he is Schremp or Nillson (sp).

in order to generate any value in Omark he must come back up and play on a line that will show of his skill and willingness to compete.

good call by the team bad luck for Omark.

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#37 Matt Henderson
November 02 2011, 08:58AM
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@mayorpoop

How wasnt he given a chance? Every game he played in was filled with Primo powerplay minutes, and he was even elevated to a higher line one game.

Omark's problem is most definitely consistency AND his defensive prowess.

The guy is Nilsson reincarnated into a smaller frame. He can work out his issues in the AHL and wait for another chance that he cant afford to blow. He was given every chance he earned and if it wasnt that many chances then it's because he didnt earn any more.

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#38 A-Mc
November 02 2011, 09:01AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

He's right where he belongs. If he can turn those skills into something that is more consistant then he could be a good offensive weapon.

I just wish my Star would get around to making me look a little smarter.

Your Star did look better last game.. but still fairly clumsy.

If he's going to have a sudden break out and show us what he's made of, Pray it's in LA on Thursday! WE NEED THAT WIN!

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#39 A-Mc
November 02 2011, 09:05AM
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Omark. I'm sad to see you go but i'm happy you'll be given a chance to play.

Come back to us in top form when we need you most!

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#40 Westcoastoil
November 02 2011, 09:11AM
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This is a good move. Hemsky is back soon so if he stays which 2 players should come out? 2 of Lander, Jones or Gagne? That would be dumb. He needs to play and ultimately if he's a piece going forward is putting him in a spot to force his way onto the roster should be applauded. In the mean time he can get lots of ice time while we wait for injuries or a trade. Some nice forward depth in OKC to be sure: Omark, Harsky, Brule, Keller

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#41 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
November 02 2011, 09:24AM
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What's with all the Ryan Jones hate? I've read many comments that suggest that they would be happier to see Jones come out instead of Omark.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? When it comes to skill there is no comparison, but when it comes to what matters, results, then Jones is leading by a country mile. He's 1/3 of the Oilers most successful line - They're doing the heavy lifting on offense and defense.

They're not even close to comparable. Jones is bringing to the table something the Oil need, and he's doing it well.

Hearing people say they'd rather someone else come out of the lineup other than Omark is cool and all, but when people start suggesting taking out one of the best players so far and replacing him with someone who's been a HS 5 games in a row... well those people watch too much youtube and have a man crush on Omark that rivals mine on Renney.

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#42 Lochenzo
November 02 2011, 09:33AM
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Omark has shown a lot more than Schremp did while in Oiler silks.

The good news is that this means Hemmer is getting healthy. Omark would never play ahead of Hemmer. Omark needs ice time and this will benefit both him and the Oil. The better Linus plays, the greater the argument to give him ice in Edmonton. It also strengthens the Oilers' case if they were ever to explore trading him, although some would argue that it may be Hemmer being moved and not Omark.

Whatever the case, I'm happy Omark has agreed to report and it's his ball from here.

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#43 A-Mc
November 02 2011, 09:33AM
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i Too am saddened by the Jones hate. I think he fits that Smyth/Horc/Jones line perfectly.

For Jones, he's being given the opportunity to play with players that he can probably hope to grow into as he becomes a seasoned NHL player. Horc and Smyth aren't fast, they aren't fancy, They aren't frail, and Neither is Jones.

MAYBE Smyth shows Jones how to get to the grubby areas. MAYBE he shows Jones that hard work and sacrifice WILL pay off with a great NHL career in a city of people who love you. Maybe Horcoff will show Jones how to be offensive while still being Defensively responsible. Maybe Horcoff will show Jones that it's not always about the goals column, and that any opportunity you have to make your team mates better will benefit you to a greater extent as the year goes on.

Jones has a lot to learn from those guys and IMO he's fairly similar to them. As long as the line is effective, i wouldn't move Any of them, Even if Sydney Eff'n Crosby wanted to play on their line.

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#45 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
November 02 2011, 09:38AM
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Off topic, but an interesting read about the Russian plane crash:

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=379449

Completely preventable? Pilot error? neglect? Sad, sad story.

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#47 TigerUnderGlass
November 02 2011, 09:43AM
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Hemipower wrote:

I don't know why they didn't just film more u-tube video's of him spinning around on the ice. Then we could could have more people commenting about how awesome he is and how his value is so high.I mean, one good u-tube video is worth a couple 50 point season's in the nhl,right?

What a load of ignorant crap.

If you honestly believe the reason people believe Omark is a good player is because of the youtube videos then there is no helping you.

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#48 mayorpoop
November 02 2011, 09:45AM
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@Matt Henderson

it's clear objectivity is long past you on this topic so i won't waste much time talking about this with you.

he was as consistent as whom else this year? MPS, Gagner (same number of games so far). they aren't sitting/on a bus any where best i can tell.

i don't disagree he was the likely choice to go down. he isn't only your goat me thinks. *cough* Renney.

he didn't fit in the plan now he rides a bus. whatever. moving on.

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#49 closetgm
November 02 2011, 09:47AM
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Nobody seems to get it. He is going down because he is so close to 60 games that the Oilers are afraid to lose him on waivers if they have to send him down later in the season. They want to get him some playing time but two or three games before he hits 60 is not enough to see if he fits here long term. He will go to the AHL and rip it up. Then the oilers have a hard decision ahead of them, keep him and play him in the NHL or trade him. There is no doubt that Omark has NHL skill, but his defensive game is what needs to be worked on. IMO that is why he is being sent down. I would love to see him play more in the NHL too, but that is not going to happen at this time. If the 60 game rule was not in effect i think we would have seen Omark play more this season. The Oilers are handling this properly even if the fans and Omark dont agree.

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#50 Matt Henderson
November 02 2011, 09:51AM
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Apparently mine and OB1's argument with melancholyculkin has spurned him into writing an article at CnB. If you want to read an article that defends Omark and gives the false impression that he is as offensively capable as Hall and Eberle then here you go.

http://www.coppernblue.com/2011/11/1/2528166/linus-omark-shooting-percentage-and-the-illusion-of-validity

The team is finally winning and apparently Tom Renney is dead wrong to drop a player who cant understand his system or contribute on the PP. Okeedokee.

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