IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES UPDATE! TRADED

Lowetide
December 19 2013 05:00PM

 

It could happen as soon as today (the trade deadline is tonight at midnight, after that no deals until Christmas past), but it's clear Linus Omark is once again hell bent on bolting the Oilers organization. A marriage that has always been uneasy appears to have reached the point where reconciliation is impossible.

An article by Michael Baldwin in the Oklahoman spells things out with so many specifics the mind boggles. After reading his entry on Omark I am convinced this deal may come down tonight. An example:

  • Edmonton isn't a good fit for Omark. The Oilers have several young, highly skilled forwards. But his stock could be on the rise. A couple of teams reportedly are interested. The past two months with the Barons, he's shown noticeable improvement on the defensive end.

If the story is true, we might be hearing something in the next few hours. Mr. Baldwin suggests the return expected might be an AHL player or a pick, which makes sense. I also think there's a chance Edmonton might take back a useful player with a bad contract if that player addressed a current need (two-way winger, defense) if it was necessary. It is extremely likely Edmonton would prefer to lose the contract and further reduce the number of the 50-man list (now at 48). 

HE HAS NO VALUE, FOOL!

Well, there certainly has been a lot of disagreement about Omark, but he's played in the league and there may be a window of opportunity for him. Elliotte Friedman framed the issue nicely in this week's 30 Thoughts:

  • Edmonton is trying to trade AHLer Linus Omark, who deserves a shot at the NHL level and isn't going to get it with the Oilers. This is pure speculation on my part, but Buffalo makes sense. The Sabres are on a pace to score 137 goals. The last time a team scored fewer? Chicago in 1953-54, with 133 in 70 games. Twelve teams bettered that in lockout-shortened 1995. Last year? Eight. Omark's not a cure, but it's a sensible gamble, no?

Now, we'll see, but at least someone is talking about it being possible aside from Jon Willis and me. I think Omark has the ability to play in the NHL, but other clubs have their own prospects lined up and I'm not certain how many would be willing to take a chance on him. It only takes one, and chances are his agent has been working hard to make it happen.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Omark needs an expansion draft, but he'll have to make do with a trade. Which could come down tonight.

(Omark photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

 

Update! Edmonton Oilers have traded Linus Omark to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional 6th round pick in the 2014 draft. Sail on, Linus. Godspeed.

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#1 Mikey
December 19 2013, 05:01PM
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Well if he gets traded, what will all the Omark for Weber guys say?

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#3 vetinari
December 19 2013, 05:08PM
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Wish that he would have gotten a 10 game look with the Oilers but the writing has been on the wall for 2 years, 3 coaches and 2 GMs. Hope we get back a roster player of some sort because we now need experience and not picks or prospects.

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#4 The Soup Fascist
December 19 2013, 05:16PM
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Omark = flake.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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#5 Mikey
December 19 2013, 05:16PM
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Lowetide wrote:

There's a lot of Weber's out there! Maybe there's a Karl Weber!

Omark for future considerations?

I'd prefer Yanik Weber, as he is somewhat of a known commodity. Whereas Karl Weber, has not yet been found.

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#6 @Oilanderp
December 19 2013, 05:16PM
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Asset mismanagement.

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#7 mlcselli
December 19 2013, 05:16PM
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Omark packaged with God knows who, might get us something to improve the Oilers now. Looking for a Christmas miracle.

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#8 gr8one
December 19 2013, 05:16PM
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If Buffalo is the destination and we are getting a player back I'd really be interested in seeing how Luke Adam might fit in with some of our skill guys.

http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?6595

Would that be fair value from both teams perspective, both players perhaps needing a fresh start?

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#9 The Soup Fascist
December 19 2013, 05:18PM
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Lowetide wrote:

There's a lot of Weber's out there! Maybe there's a Karl Weber!

How about a Weber barbeque in trade?

Then we can go after Byfuglien and Penner next year. Maybe even get Peckham(burger) back.

MMMM .. Barbequed Baby back ribs!

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#11 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 19 2013, 05:21PM
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The Oil should have kept him up all along or given him the Rajala treatment years ago.

I'm glad MacT gave him a chance this year to kick it in the NHL with a cheap contract and waiver wire potential, but the mistake on the player was made years ago.

I sincerely hope he gets traded and finds NHL work. He clearly wants it desperately and the NHL always needs more interesting things. Omark is an interesting thing.

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#12 The Soup Fascist
December 19 2013, 05:22PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Now THIS is a fine idea. Weber bbq's are very good. Maybe a beer fridge?

I'm asking too much, aren't I? I've BRUINED THE TRADE BY ASKING FOR TOO MUCH!

Nope. Not your fault. The deal will get queered when KLowe asks for coleslaw in consideration of Omark's signing bonus.

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#13 Rotten Ron
December 19 2013, 05:23PM
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Omark could have been had by anyone for nothing thru waivers and it didnt happen.Despite what Dellow, Cult of hockey, boys on the bus or other corsi worshippers would have you believe he is much like the lowdown with lowetide, zero value.

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#14 Dave240
December 19 2013, 05:24PM
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How about Wolfgang Weber? He's known for scoring big goals.

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

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#15 Rama Lama
December 19 2013, 05:25PM
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Good news........this kid deserves to play if some team gives him the opportunity, of that there is no doubt.

Any ways, he is too much the prototypical forward for the Oilers and as a result will never get a real chance with the Oilers.

Time for Mac T to free up as much space as possible for the trade deadline deals.......Bold moves coming.

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#16 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 19 2013, 05:27PM
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gr8one wrote:

If Buffalo is the destination and we are getting a player back I'd really be interested in seeing how Luke Adam might fit in with some of our skill guys.

http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?6595

Would that be fair value from both teams perspective, both players perhaps needing a fresh start?

Interesting pick. Adam would be nice add to the depth chart.

That's probably about the right zone… a player leaning out the prospect door but not really a full time NHL option… tweener that is maybe on the outs of a team and a bit long in the tooth…

A Horak type guy.

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#17 @Oilanderp
December 19 2013, 05:27PM
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Given all the AHL players the Oilers have run with this year, I can't understand how they couldn't give him some soft minutes and tried to increase his value.

I mean, would it have ruined our hunt for last place?

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#18 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 19 2013, 05:28PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Omark could have been had by anyone for nothing thru waivers and it didnt happen.Despite what Dellow, Cult of hockey, boys on the bus or other corsi worshippers would have you believe he is much like the lowdown with lowetide, zero value.

He was waived very early in the season, when teams are still figuring out what their own prospects can do… basically no one gets picked up then.

If he manages to get waived again in the next 3 months he'll more than likely get picked up.

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#19 RedHolez
December 19 2013, 05:35PM
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I'm just glad he doesn't get any playing time for the oilers! This team is too good to allow him to up his stock. I can't even imagine how many more games we'd lose with Omark playing

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#20 I tried it at home
December 19 2013, 05:45PM
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RedHolez wrote:

I'm just glad he doesn't get any playing time for the oilers! This team is too good to allow him to up his stock. I can't even imagine how many more games we'd lose with Omark playing

** slow clap** Sir, I see what you done, there.

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#21 james_dean
December 19 2013, 05:53PM
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More pictures like the forklift guy. awesome

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#22 @pistolpetestar
December 19 2013, 05:54PM
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As long as he doesn't end up in Calgary, Vancouver or Toronto I'll be happy as a clam to cheer for him. And Lordy do I hope he puts up a crooked number his first time back in Edmonton!

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#23 boxman
December 19 2013, 05:55PM
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Good luck to Omark getting a chance. As for you LT we must head out for a drink. Here's why you should come. Chaperoned Tretiak during the Calgary Olympics Tails and top hat the night we won our first cup Free drinks ( not unlimited as clearly it wouldn't be your first time at the dance older then you so you would look young

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#24 Brackenburied
December 19 2013, 05:56PM
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Omark is the 3 in the fabled 3 for 1. He shouldn't be spent carelessly. There is value there.

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#25 Zarny
December 19 2013, 06:11PM
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I hope Omark gets his trade. The hate for the kid is odd. He's a 4th round pick. His only sin is that he's the same type of player as the top 6 F except not as good.

That doesn't make him bad. To say he has no value is plain silly. Have you not seen what gets traded in this league?

Buf is an obvious fit. I bet they could use a draft pick too. And maybe a prospect like Marincin.

Gotta think MacT wants to send a package for something bigger. Ehrhoff or Myers on D, or maybe Ott, Stafford or Moulson up front.

Or it's Omark for Weber and the prophecy is fulfilled.

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#26 Ralphus
December 19 2013, 06:15PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Omark could have been had by anyone for nothing thru waivers and it didnt happen.Despite what Dellow, Cult of hockey, boys on the bus or other corsi worshippers would have you believe he is much like the lowdown with lowetide, zero value.

Ha Ha.You forgot to mention anyone from hockeybuzz to, you know bring "credibility" to the show.

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#27 Top Cheddar
December 19 2013, 06:23PM
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Omark to Buffalo for conditional sixth rounder

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#28 James
December 19 2013, 06:23PM
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Omark traded to Buffalo for a conditional 6th round pick according to the Sabres twitter.

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#29 Bishai in the Benches
December 19 2013, 06:23PM
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YOU'RE A GENIUS!! WAY BETTER PREDICTIVE ABILITIES THAN WANYE!

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#30 John
December 19 2013, 06:23PM
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Right now I would take a trade Gagne bring up Omark and play him on the wing with Arcebello move.

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#31 dcsj
December 19 2013, 06:23PM
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well, I just read this piece and then my phone lit up with an alert from TSN: Oilers trade Omark to Buffalo for a 6th round pick. Uncanny!

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#32 the big GRIGowski
December 19 2013, 06:24PM
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Reports of Omark to Sabres for conditional 6th rounder.

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#33 Johnnydapunk
December 19 2013, 06:28PM
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Like everyone has mentioned, looks like it was done. Think it is good for him and I'm sure he will get a fresh shot at the NHL. Nice that the Oil didn't take anyone in return to allow some play with their contract numbers. Wish him all the best in Buffalo.

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#34 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 19 2013, 06:30PM
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Down to 47 contracts.

The shedding continues. Good job MacT, shed your mistakes!

Next job: Grebs.

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#35 sizzler
December 19 2013, 06:32PM
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satan?

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#36 Bucknuck
December 19 2013, 06:33PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Omark could have been had by anyone for nothing thru waivers and it didnt happen.Despite what Dellow, Cult of hockey, boys on the bus or other corsi worshippers would have you believe he is much like the lowdown with lowetide, zero value.

Omark, you were fun to watch, but your words pissed me off. Good riddance.

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#37 Freewheeling Freddie
December 19 2013, 06:34PM
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Omark goes from one gong show to another gong show. He will light the Oilers up first game.MacT that was very very BOLD

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#38 Mac962
December 19 2013, 06:35PM
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Eat S-t Omark. Good riddance. :-) Hey ! he is the enemy now.

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#39 vetinari
December 19 2013, 06:39PM
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"Conditional" 6th rounder-- what's it conditional on? A certain number of games on the Buffalo roster? Points? Games played? We reduce our number of contracts on the 50 man list but it would be nice to at least say that we turned a former fourth round pick into an actual asset...

EDIT: games played...

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#40 ubermiguel
December 19 2013, 06:42PM
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Well now we know what Omark is worth, a conditional 6th round pick. It's fair to say many Edmonton fans over-valued him; the fans that thought we might be able to get an actual player in return.

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#41 **
December 19 2013, 07:01PM
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Godspeed. I liked his swagger, he didn't get a fair shot here. Wish Linus the best.

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#42 Kevin
December 19 2013, 07:01PM
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you think OIL bras could have been a little more proactive and creative and since Buffalo was a taker of Omark- you think we could have package him up with something else to maybe target, say Marcus Foligno and address some grit and size issues. We can't seem to draft these types of players. Another 1st overall pick will just get us another $40 million dollar smurf.

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#43 Robin Brownlee
December 19 2013, 07:04PM
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So, Omark gets a chance in Buffalo. Good for him. Perhaps now we'll see what all the fuss is about, although I highly doubt it.

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#44 **
December 19 2013, 07:06PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

So, Omark gets a chance in Buffalo. Good for him. Perhaps now we'll see what all the fuss is about, although I highly doubt it.

It's all up to him now.

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#46 Rotten Ron
December 19 2013, 07:13PM
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ubermiguel wrote:

Well now we know what Omark is worth, a conditional 6th round pick. It's fair to say many Edmonton fans over-valued him; the fans that thought we might be able to get an actual player in return.

Facts, reality and common sense have no place in the fantasy world of a Lowetide article.

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#47 billythebullet
December 19 2013, 07:22PM
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Omark = Swedish Schremp. Lots of talent, but for some reason just can't put it together at an nhl level. Best of luck to him in buffalo.

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#48 Fresh Mess
December 19 2013, 07:44PM
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Oilers on the verge of sending a package consisting of Nick Schultz, Grebeskov, the conditional 6 rounder and the future considerations from the LaBarbera deal to LA Kings in exchange for Drew Doughty.

as per Odie.

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#49 Bigger Melon - Pouzar or Klima?
December 19 2013, 07:46PM
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The kid is too talented to be buried in the AHL. He might be a good fit in Buffalo.

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#50 Brian
December 19 2013, 07:49PM
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Bold moves continue .

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