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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#51 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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#52 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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#53 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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#54 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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#55 **
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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#56 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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#57 Cynic
December 19 2013, 09:46PM
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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.

That was good for a laugh.

Nice to see the NHL's worst franchise picking up an AHL-level player from the league's second-worst franchise. Good luck, Leenus, in the other toilet bowl of North America.

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#58 Stamsky Hemkos
December 19 2013, 10:39PM
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Another trade where we get nothing tangible in return. This team is nowhere close to competing with the big boys. There's no depth or contribution from their bottom 6. Their D would mostly be 6/7's on legitimate teams. The goaltending is questionable. Too many holes to fill. I can see this team tanking another 3 years before they start to assemble the right pieces.

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#59 D-Unit
December 20 2013, 07:57AM
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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.

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#60 Wonger
December 20 2013, 08:35AM
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MacTavish is a man of integrity. He promised Omark he would move him if things didn't work out in Edmonton and he kept his promise! Three spots open on 50 man roster - things will start to gey better very soon! MacTavish and Eakins are men of integrity! I believe in the Oilers because I believe in them.

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#61 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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#62 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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#63 Rotten Ron
December 20 2013, 10:28AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

If your only purpose here is to run persistently down the writers, I'll have to show you the door.

run persistently

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#64 Tikkanese
December 20 2013, 10:58AM
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Spydyr wrote:

A 6th round pick is not a miracle.

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.

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#65 Josh Oiler to G Bear (BIG POO in his pants)
December 20 2013, 11:16AM
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** wrote:

I will explain this as delicately as I possibly can:

Fresh mess is what we in the internetz call a troll, a hideous entity who feeds off poor naive souls like you by laying bait that is designed to push your buttons and elicit an angry response.

That's about it I guess. Welcome to the internetz.

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!

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#66 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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#67 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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#69 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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#70 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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#71 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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#72 The Soup Fascist
December 19 2013, 05:22PM
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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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#73 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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#74 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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#75 @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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#76 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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#77 Top Cheddar
December 19 2013, 06:23PM
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Omark to Buffalo for conditional sixth rounder

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#78 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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#79 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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#80 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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#81 sizzler
December 19 2013, 06:32PM
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satan?

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#82 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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#83 Loweblows
December 19 2013, 10:29PM
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Man the power play sucks! Under the guidance of Krueger you saw actual improvement in special teams. Under Eakins you get bush league coaching! Thanks MacT , that is what us long suffering fans wanted to see this year. A rookie coach learning his trade at our expense. Oiler management sucks big time!

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#84 Loweblows
December 19 2013, 10:33PM
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G-Unit wrote:

Who is coaching this powerplay? Time for a change, because I can't remember the last game where our powerplay has had better chances for than against.

Eakins the rookie is learning how to teach the power play to rookie players. Sounds like a recipe for success.

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#85 Jackson
December 19 2013, 10:38PM
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When will Oiler fans realize it's groundhog day?

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#86 john
December 19 2013, 10:39PM
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Weird thing is 30 years ago, NY Islanders and Oilers were burning up the NHL. NY won 4 cups then the following year 30 years ago Oilers took over as the next Dynasty. Now both are bottom 3 teams in NHL, when will their fortune reversed? Omark will be scoring in bunches, you will see, this team doesn't know how to fit players in their system. Now the Barons will start losing too with their top scorer gone. They will screw up Yakubov also, he got another -1 tonight, that's -25 for the worst in NHL. The poor guy deserve better. Time to change the coach, Eakins can't do it in this level, another short handed goal against tonight. All forwards with no defensemen on power plays in this league you are asking for trouble.

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#87 G-Unit
December 19 2013, 10:48PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Eakins the rookie is learning how to teach the power play to rookie players. Sounds like a recipe for success.

Not everything can be blamed on coaching, but with the talented players on the ice we should be dynamite on the pp. And no more Smitty on the PK while the special teams are up for chat

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#88 g bearpoo
December 20 2013, 08:29AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

If your only purpose here is to run persistently down the writers, I'll have to show you the door.

Go follow your Flames loser - McGrattan rocks!!!!! You don't!!!

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#89 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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#90 Tikkanese
December 20 2013, 09:22AM
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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.

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#91 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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#92 Oiltimer
December 20 2013, 10:27AM
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real hard to separate the truly witty sarcasm from the simple innocent. Where is the f**in'hockey team !!!!!!!!!

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#93 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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#94 Fresh Mess
December 20 2013, 12:11PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

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

If you're really me then tell me what I'm thinking of having for lunch.....can't do it? That's what I thought.

Just got a text from my source. Says MacT working on a minor league deal. Looks like Ryan Hamilton will be bundled with Curtis Hamilton and sent to Hamilton. In return OKC receives former NCAA sensation F Ed Strathcona.

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#95 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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#96 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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#97 manuel
December 20 2013, 07:13PM
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what about nail for evander kane

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#99 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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#100 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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