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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#101 CMG30
December 20 2013, 09:20AM
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D-Unit wrote:

I hope he doesn't come back to hurt the Oilers, like the previous savior Robbie Schremp did.

Schremp still kills us every time he faces the Oilers.

I'm not sure you've been paying attention.

Since Schremp was claimed off waivers by NY, he flunked out there as well and was eventually waived again. He was then picked up by Atlanta but was not offered a qualifying contract when Atlanta moved to Winnipeg. No one else wanted to waste their time on him so he has been playing in Europe since June 2012.

As difficult as it is to hear: Schremp is not good enough to be a regular in the NHL. Omark was trending the same and for a number of reasons was highly unlikely to re-sign with Edmonton. Good on MacT to get even a bag of pucks for him.

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#102 Fresh Mess
December 20 2013, 11:22AM
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Josh Oiler to G Bear (BIG POO in his pants) wrote:

G BEAR(poo) is what we call an IDIOT! He's so stupid he don't even know he's stupid! Duh, that's about it I guess! Duh!

Thanks bud! Couldn't have said it better myself. G bear (poo....in pants)! lmao! Go Oilers!

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#103 manuel
December 20 2013, 07:13PM
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what about nail for evander kane

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#104 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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#105 michael
December 20 2013, 07:58AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Another guy celebrating in silence as he heads onto greener pastures. Miroslav Satan 2.0?

Good luck kid. Ba bye Edmonton.

The other comparable for us long time Oilers fans would be Ray Whitney. he once upon a time was an Oiler. Only has player 1000+ games in the NHL and won a Cup and kills us all the time.

Doan? Ottawa? Is Hemsky done after the Christmas break? What is the return? Is it possible the Oilers trade Hemsky to the Rangers for Del Zotto?

If the deal is that this a lost season. If. Would you trade Gagner to Toronto for Jake Gardiner. Sam needs a change of scenery whether he believes it or not.He needs a fresh start without the ghosts of the past.

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#106 outdoorzguy
December 20 2013, 08:21AM
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A loss is a loss is a loss. Moral victories should get coaches and management fired!! You can't sugar coat zero points again and again.

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#107 Zamboni Driver
December 20 2013, 09:29AM
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CMG30 wrote:

I'm not sure you've been paying attention.

Since Schremp was claimed off waivers by NY, he flunked out there as well and was eventually waived again. He was then picked up by Atlanta but was not offered a qualifying contract when Atlanta moved to Winnipeg. No one else wanted to waste their time on him so he has been playing in Europe since June 2012.

As difficult as it is to hear: Schremp is not good enough to be a regular in the NHL. Omark was trending the same and for a number of reasons was highly unlikely to re-sign with Edmonton. Good on MacT to get even a bag of pucks for him.

This actually isn't that hard to hear.

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#108 Spydyr
December 20 2013, 09:43AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

MacT the miracle worker?

Got assets for the impossible to trade Horcoff, Omark and Labarbera. The last two who both cleared waivers, yet he was still able to trade not much later for assets. Miracles.

A 6th round pick is not a miracle.

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#109 Joe Mamma
December 20 2013, 11:44AM
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So this is what being an Oiler fan has become? Ad-nauseum discussion about size in the top six, #1 d-men that we will never get, and the merits of one-dimensional dwarves like Omark. Mix in a hearty helping of ridicule from around the league, flames and canucks trolls all over our boards and facebook pages, and all the while Katz & Co fiddling while the team burns. Oh and we're building him an arena for it.

I am about ready to just close my eyes on this whole fiasco. Wake me when the Oilers make the playoffs again.

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#110 Fresh Mess
December 20 2013, 11:49AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Thanks bud! Couldn't have said it better myself. G bear (poo....in pants)! lmao! Go Oilers!

Impostor.

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#111 james_dean
December 20 2013, 03:29PM
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WWhat will arco fetch?

5th round?

Bulls eye bbq sauce = bold

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#112 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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#113 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 19 2013, 08:30PM
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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!

Weber lowetide? WEBER!!! Damn you have you not tried the Master Chef BBQ? You call yourself a hockey man. geez.

Of course i am saying this jokingly. Consider it my Moral Victory :)

Six Rings and Counting!!!!

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#114 Spydyr
December 20 2013, 08:00AM
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Finally something positive Team Canada's first pre-tournament game is starting right now on TSN

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#115 camdog
December 20 2013, 08:49AM
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@Wonger

Didn't Omark demand the trade?

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#116 tileguy
December 20 2013, 09:15AM
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I hope he lights up th e eastern conference and becomes a steady 20 goal player. Sure would give us something further to cluck about.

Perhaps now that 3 grit for one skill trade is in the works.

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#117 Spydyr
December 20 2013, 11:27AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

When most everyone said he wasn't worth anything and the fact that he cleared waivers, it is somewhat a miracle. Horcoff and Labarbera situations were similar and also somewhat miracles, if not all flat out miracles.

A miracle would be the Oilers making the playoffs.Dealing Omark for a bag of pucks does not qualify as a miracle.

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#118 CMG30
December 20 2013, 01:55PM
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Joe Mamma wrote:

Good lord, I'm not sure you're paying attention... It was s-a-r-c-a-s-m.

But thanks for giving us all the history lesson on Schremp.

Yes. That was sarcasm as well, in case you're confused.

I apologize for offending you. I didn't see any evidence of sarcasm in your original post, just ignorance. Again I'm soooooooo sorry. Opps, did that come across as sarcastic?

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