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 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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#102 **
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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#103 Eli Porter
December 19 2013, 08:20PM
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Someone must have been ill the day they went over the concept of sarcasm in elementary...

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#104 G-Unit
December 19 2013, 09:23PM
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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.

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#105 Woogie63
December 19 2013, 10:30PM
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I don't understand what the purpose of bringing OMark back this year. He would have been a perfect 13 forward during the next 25 games. If any of the wingers were not working/producing slip Omark into the line-up. The guy is doing anything he can to be in the NHL, has above average skill and would not kill you playing 10-12 minutes a game.

Instead he comes back and sits on the farm team, and adds nothing to the club.

Waste

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#106 @Oilanderp
December 19 2013, 10:46PM
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Jackson wrote:

When will Oiler fans realize it's groundhog day?

I feel like I have heard that before somewhere...

Anyway, best of luck Linus. Prove them wrong bother. All the best.

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#107 Turnover
December 19 2013, 11:11PM
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Todd Nelson has turned this kid into a good player. You'll see.

Good luck kid.

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#108 Pikester
December 19 2013, 11:39PM
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So let's see... in the last 5 weeks we've seen 2 players traded for a bag of pucks each, & 1 player traded for a handful of magic beans + a bag of pucks. The Oilers are obviously stocking up for free gifts to hand out on opening night in the new arena!

Seriously though I hope they are simply freeing up cap space & roster spots for bigger changes & not just getting ready to jettison half the roster to begin drafting & rebuilding... again.

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#109 MessyEH!
December 20 2013, 02:23AM
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I HOPE that Omark does well in Buffalo. A team that is trying to rebuild correctly. Fire sale all your useful pieces for futures.

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#110 Omark
December 20 2013, 02:37AM
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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.

You missed about rookie Bold Moves and useless kilo!!

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#111 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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#112 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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#113 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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#114 camdog
December 20 2013, 08:49AM
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@Wonger

Didn't Omark demand the trade?

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#115 Wonger
December 20 2013, 08:55AM
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camdog wrote:

Didn't Omark demand the trade?

Yes, but MacTavish did not have to trade him. If Taylor Hall demands a trade today MacT does not have to trade him. Hall for Lucic, Chara McQuaid and Iginla....hhhhhmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!

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#116 Zamboni Driver
December 20 2013, 09:03AM
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I haven't been able to sleep.

Linus was by far my favourite 8-goals in the NHL, second line AHL player the Oilers have ever had.

At least now that 6th round pick will bring the Oilers that help on D that someone way smarter than I was suggesting yesterday.

Other 6th round picks:

Ben Betker John McCarron

Interesting info found while doing "research" on Wikipedia. The Sabres drafted a guy named: Linus Ullmark last year.

Funny.

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#117 Ducey
December 20 2013, 10:36AM
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Spydyr wrote:

A 6th round pick is not a miracle.

If the condition is met, it will be.

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#118 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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