Linus Omark signs

Jonathan Willis
August 27 2013 10:00AM

 

The Edmonton Oilers announced this morning that they had signed Linus Omark to a one-year contract.

Two-Way Contract

Bob Stauffer offers the explanation for what changed:

The Oilers likely would always have taken Omark back on a two-way deal, but the player clearly felt he'd proven he was better than the AHL. My guess is that after looking around for a new home this summer, Omark got a better idea of what his NHL stock was, and decided that a two-way contract made sense.

As for Edmonton, with the departure of Toni Rajala the Oklahoma City Barons were looking awfully light on firepower; Omark is an exceptional scorer at that level and offers the Oilers another recall option.

What I Expect

It would be something of a surprise if Omark cracked the Oilers' roster out of training camp. While he is a good player there simply isn't room in the top-six and he's a bad fit for a Boyd Gordon line oriented toward defence. With the number of one-way conmtracts the Oilers are carrying, it would take something exceptional for Omark to force his way on to the roster.

But that isn't what this is about for Omark; this is a move designed to get him into the NHL. He already saw that a fantastic year in Switzerland wasn't enough to get the interest of NHL teams - the question isn't his scoring ability, it's the rest of his game. If he shows well in training camp, he might get a team interested when he's sent down to the minors (as he needs to clear waivers). If he clears waivers but shows well in the AHL, he's more likely to land an NHL contract next season.

The Oilers are bringing in a guy who has decided that he wants to play in the NHL more than he wants to make the easy money in Europe. This season is about Omark proving what he can bring; he's going to be highly motivated and it's never a bad thing to have a driven guy with real ability in the system, even if he has rubbed some people the wrong way in the past.

Recently around the Nation Network

At NHL Numbers, Justin Azevedo digs a little deeper into Matt Stajan - who breathed some life into his career with a strong performance last season - and aks if we've been underrating him all along:

Stajan has had three seasons where he's been a top-6 forward by any measure and another outlying season where he was unfairly lambasted by both fans and coach alike - which is odd considering the coach is the one that positioned Stajan to fail. He might not be able to make his teammates in the top-6 better, but he can play with them to the degree necessary. He pushes play forward and scores at a good rate while costing about the average amount for his position.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 truthseeker
August 27 2013, 10:39AM
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Huge move, under-appreciated by most. Opens up the chance to move Gagner to effect fundamental change in the roster.

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#52 shanetrain
August 27 2013, 10:48AM
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@DSF

I will save everyone the trouble and report this article has Edmonton dead last. Shocker.

Hard to argue the organizations futility for the last 7 years but to be ranked worse than the fLAMES? Ouch.

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#53 DSF
August 27 2013, 11:01AM
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shanetrain wrote:

I will save everyone the trouble and report this article has Edmonton dead last. Shocker.

Hard to argue the organizations futility for the last 7 years but to be ranked worse than the fLAMES? Ouch.

I posted it because Gillis has dropped from near the top to 15th based on how he handled Luongo.

If he commits to too long on the Sedin contract extensions, he may soon find himself near the bottom.

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#54 GrillBoss
August 27 2013, 11:32AM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

Yes he did. His post-game interview was a classic. He said he was disappointed because he should have had 7 or 8 that night.

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#55 mooler
August 27 2013, 01:06PM
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916oiler wrote:

This is good. The Oilers will get SOMETHING, one way or another, out of Omark instead of him dancing around in Switzlandialand with the polar bears and unicorns.

Jeeze, switzerland's closer to the equator than the polarbears...

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#56 Pouzar99
August 27 2013, 04:28PM
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This is a good signing. A very cheap two-way deal that will give Omark a chance in exhibtion games to showcase his skills against NHL Players. If he is a better and more disciplined player without the puck than in his earlier stint here, than he belongs in the NHL, although the Oilers are a poor fit.

He could possibly start the season with the big club, especially if Nuge is not ready to go immediately, which would showcase him eve more for a possible trade. If there is no deal made he will likely be sent to OKC. If he is picked up on waivers, so be it. End of story. No harm, no foul. If not, he will be excellent value in OKC and damned entertaining. In addition, if he is playing well down there he is a legitimate call up if a couple of skill forwards are out.

I do not understand the animosity some harbor towards Omark, apart from legitimate concerns about his defensive commitment. It appears some people are offended by his independent, swashbuckling style, which I loved, while criticizing the genuine flaws in his game.

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#57 DSF
August 27 2013, 10:38AM
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Supernova wrote:

I have to give credit where credit is due

DSF

"Vancouver Sun reports the Sedin twins are hoping to re-sign contract extensions with the #Canucks before training camp opens in two weeks"

DSF has stated this repeatedly, but also states for a lower cap hit, which is where we disagree.

DSF says lower cap number and short term

I say higher cap number and at least 4 years.

How Gillis handles this will be a defining moment of his career.

In other news, CSN Philly ranks the GM/Coach combinations in the NHL.

http://www.csnphilly.com/hockey-philadelphia-flyers/ranking-all-30-gmcoach-combos-nhl?

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#58 rubbertrout
August 27 2013, 11:33AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

*Shakes head disapprovingly*

Looks like someone is going to have a repeat goat this year.

Robbie Schremp never got another look Arch.

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#59 LinkfromHyrule
August 27 2013, 11:37AM
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lol that article about Gm coach combinations didn't make much sense. Feaster, Nonis and Holmgren were all wayyy too high. It still amazes me that those guys have their job

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#60 LinkfromHyrule
August 27 2013, 11:39AM
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Mojo wrote:

5 goals + shootout winner. All against some goalie named James Reimer.

Sounds like Omark is a definite call-up vs Toronto!

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#61 NJ
August 27 2013, 11:41AM
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BOLD. /thread

On a non-GM-insulting note, I've always liked Omark. Don't get me wrong, he's not really an Oilers fit, he doesn't "really" fit on the 3rd line, he's not defensively sound and he's not a big centre (because those are everywhere amirite?). But, IMO, he plays hard, he can make a pass and he has a scoring touch. Maybe he does find renewed zeal, energy and motivation here this season, OKC or Edmonton. If he does, he gets moved, maybe at the deadline, maybe with Hemsky. I'm just speculating but if we get a pick for Omark that makes this a good signing. Not bold, but good.

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#62 RC
August 27 2013, 12:48PM
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We all know that Omark is going to be traded for Shea Weber!! Sarcasm folks.

On a side note, anyone trying to get rid of an Omark Jersey?

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#63 justDOit
August 27 2013, 01:47PM
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@Tikkanese

Tikkanese is not a dialect know for correct pronunciations - your position on this seems at odds with your screen name.

Given that Linus is also a name in North America, I don't see why it's so strange for broadcasters to pronounce it incorrectly. Most of them are not linguistics majors!

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#64 The_CWD_GarbageMan
August 27 2013, 11:17AM
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Omark has always had the skill set but never the opportunity to showcase it with the oil. Would have loved to see him get the opportunity with us but how can he when there are younger, more complete players already in the role he is best suited to?

He weighed out the options and this is his best way to showcase his talents be it helping out OKC or filling in for an injured oiler. He'll eventually be dealt this year and I believe he will get his opportunity with someone else in the right environment (i.e. Brunner).

Really hope the guy gets a fair shot in the show. The guy dangles like Miley can TWEERK.

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#65 916oiler
August 27 2013, 02:45PM
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@mooler

...and where exactly do unicorns properly reside in relation to the equator? Did I spell Switzlandialand correct? Is Miley Cirus behind all of this tomfoolery and shenaniganism?

;)

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#66 madjam
August 27 2013, 10:58AM
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Other than as a fillin on top two lines , I doubt Omark will see much NHL time . He did not make roster before and we are more skilled now . I liked him first time round but don't forsee him cracking lineup now . Feisty corner person whom might feed the likes of a Smyth . Sorry , just don't see an incumbent he can beat out . Reasonably good on shootouts at least . The extra forward perhaps ? Feel he is slotted for AHL team , as it is deleted of some of their scoring prowess .

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#67 justDOit
August 27 2013, 11:10AM
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Anyone know what his AHL salary is on this deal? I'm betting it's a higher number, to dissuade waiver attempts if O! gets sent down.

Edit: CoH says $100k AHL salary.

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#68 Jdrevenge
August 27 2013, 11:30AM
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Nuge is out for the first little while leaving a spot open. Omark fills that spot. If he sticks post return - great.

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#69 Tikkanese
August 27 2013, 03:25PM
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Batfink wrote:

A puck hog that has a pass first mentality? I'm not a 'linguistics major' but I know what an oxymoron is. And what a moron is.

Are you sure you know? Being a puck hog and having a pass first mentality is not an oxymoron. It is perfectly logical and the perfect description for both Hemsky and Omark. They both tend to hang onto the puck too long, and when they do get rid of the puck, they tend to pass more than they shoot it.

Having a shoot first and a pass first mentality would be an oxymoron...

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#70 Cody anderson
August 27 2013, 11:36AM
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I don't see him making the team. I think it will be an AHL call-up that would work out very nicely should Hall be forced to Centre for any length of time. Linus would fit into the top 6 on LW and it would increase his trade value.

If he plays lights out and forces his way onto the team I actually see them having to change the lines that everyone imagines so that the 3rd line can still take on the toughs.

Something like:

Hall - Gagner - Eberle

Omark - Nuge - Yakupov

Perron - Gordon - Hemsky

Smyth/Joensuu - Lander - Jones

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#71 Tikkanese
August 27 2013, 01:01PM
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@JW

Ever think of doing an article on mis-pronounced NHL names? Could be interesting. Supposedly Sakic is supposed to be pronounced as "Sack-eech", Ciccarelli "Chick-a-relli", Berube "Brr-Bay" and many others.

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#72 Rama Lama
August 27 2013, 01:08PM
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Linus is no longer a Minus! Yea.

I hope that he get a legitimate chance to prove his worth.......not playing the odd game on the fourth line. We should play him based on performance. If his offence dries up for a couple of games, he should not be benched. If he gets the puck taken away once in a while, he should not be benched. If he misses an assignment, he should not be benched.

In other words hold him to the same standards as players like Hemsky, Jones, Horcoff, who made a living with inconsistent play!

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#73 Tikkanese
August 27 2013, 02:28PM
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Omark - Gordon - Hemsky sounds interesting but I don't know if the chemistry will work. Omark and Hemsky are both "puck hogs" and are both of the "pass first" mentality. They would be constantly cycling and almost never shooting. Driving the opposition, teammates, coaches and the fans crazy.

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#74 Rama Lama
August 27 2013, 03:40PM
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@Tikkanese

I agree with your assessment of Hemsky.........but Omark has not been given sufficient opportunity to be called a puck hog yet.

Hemsky does pass the puck but only after he has run out of options to keep dangling.......he is the classic definition of a soloist.

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#75 Walter Sobchak
August 27 2013, 12:17PM
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So, let me get this straight.

The Oilers view Omark not well enough for full time employment as a regular in the NHL.

The Oilers let Omark walk with a see ya later attitude. The Oilers try in vain to trade Omark with no takers.

The Oilers don’t buy-out Omark for outright release like Rajala, instead they hold onto his rights.

The Oilers sign Omark to a 600K two way contract in hopes that his play at camp may bring some interest…

The Oilers, will send Omark down, becoming vulnerable to the waiver wire and possible might/probably lose him for nothing anyways?

What exactly does K.Lowe do around here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNcM4YjzgHY

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#76 tileguy
August 27 2013, 01:08PM
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from NBC sports june 28th.

On Thursday, we moved one step closer to the NHL ditching the spin-o-rama in shootouts. The league’s Board of Governors gave their approval of the change, which now just needs to go through the NHLPA for one final okay. Spin-o-ramas can be fun to watch, but NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan argues that this is a matter of “integrity.” “I think that there’s some very entertaining moves that you can still do in a shootout,” Shanahan told the Sporting News. “I think when we looked at some of the spin-o-ramas, there was a lot of interference with goaltenders, there was a lot of questions as to whether the puck was still moving forward or the player was still moving forward.

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#77 MessyEH!
August 27 2013, 01:13PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Why do most of the media, especially the Edmonton media keep pronouncing his name wrong? You'd think they'd catch on when his teammates pronounce it correctly in their interviews. It is pronounced "Lee-Nuss", not "Ly-Nuss" like the Charlie Brown character.

It makes them sound like lazy morons.

He shouldn't give a rats ass. He hasn't done enough to receive the attention he has been given.

To the critics, show me another player who may score 35 pts this year making 600k, that electrifys a fan base like lee-nuss Omark. He wants in the NHL. He is too good for the AHL. Its time for you too "put up or shut" up leenus.

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#78 Oilerz4life
August 27 2013, 03:22PM
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Omark is an exceptional hockey player (in the minors), and will add much needed depth (to the Baron's lineup).

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#79 Wax Man Riley
August 27 2013, 03:50PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Why do most of the media, especially the Edmonton media keep pronouncing his name wrong? You'd think they'd catch on when his teammates pronounce it correctly in their interviews. It is pronounced "Lee-Nuss", not "Ly-Nuss" like the Charlie Brown character.

It makes them sound like lazy morons.

I can't fins the link, but you are half right... it is pronounced "Lee-nus", but I seem to remember Omark came out a couple years ago and wanted it pronounced "Lye-nus".

I thought it had something to do with a Lee-nus/pee-nus association.

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#80 DSF
August 27 2013, 08:43PM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

Yes, because a reporter in Philly is the Kreskin of all things hockey.

A GM with no track record and a head coach with no track record are likely about as bad as you cant get.

You actually have to work your way up the rankings through success.

That the reporter works in Philly has no bearing on things at all.

Unless you think only Edmonton reporters, who are actually among the worst fart catchers in the league, are somehow superior.

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#81 Matt Henderson
August 27 2013, 11:38AM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Looks like someone is going to have a repeat goat this year.

Robbie Schremp never got another look Arch.

A travesty, in my mind. But yes, I know who my Goat is.

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#82 MessyEH!
August 27 2013, 02:23PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

They should give a rat's ass. It is their job.

It's not there job. There job is to provide entertainment. To occupy our minds until the next commercial break. To sell us on purchasing products. The way his name is pronounced does not matter. Hell hockey players should develope personas, similiar to the competitors, on the Running Man. Or WWE.Or strip clubs.

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#83 Oilcruzer
August 27 2013, 07:40PM
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DSF wrote:

How Gillis handles this will be a defining moment of his career.

In other news, CSN Philly ranks the GM/Coach combinations in the NHL.

http://www.csnphilly.com/hockey-philadelphia-flyers/ranking-all-30-gmcoach-combos-nhl?

Yes, because a reporter in Philly is the Kreskin of all things hockey.

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#84 yawto
August 27 2013, 11:05AM
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@shanetrain

Steve Tambellini got more for Dustin Penner a couple years back than feaster got for Iginla last year and feaster isn't listed as the worst. ( and who is the high school kid they took saying they felt they got the best player I the draft a year ago ). #zerocredibility

. Edit. Why is my phone double posting?

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#85 justDOit
August 27 2013, 11:17AM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

Yes, but I think one of them was in the shootout. ?

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#86 Fresh Mess
August 27 2013, 11:19AM
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justDOit wrote:

Anyone know what his AHL salary is on this deal? I'm betting it's a higher number, to dissuade waiver attempts if O! gets sent down.

Edit: CoH says $100k AHL salary.

100 grand

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#87 tileguy
August 27 2013, 12:27PM
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Speaking of Omark, did the spin o rama penalty shot get outlawed this season?

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#88 Walter Sobchak
August 27 2013, 12:37PM
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John Chambers wrote:

I'm not sure you get how this works. It's about having options and minimizing risk.

where is the option?

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#89 Jimmer
August 27 2013, 01:47PM
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Omark's inside voice:

Work hard for a bit...cash in when they trade me.

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#90 Rob...
August 27 2013, 03:22PM
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Omark inspired image contest please!

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#91 Woogie63
August 27 2013, 03:47PM
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If Omark is sent down to the minors does he have to go on the waiver wires first???

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#92 MessyEH!
August 27 2013, 06:20PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

If Omark is sent down to the minors does he have to go on the waiver wires first???

Yes. He has to clear waivers.

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#93 Pouzar99
August 27 2013, 10:54PM
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If this was a university course the only grade you could give the Oiler GM-HC duo is an 'incomplete.' They are both doing their particular jobs in the NHL for the first time. Unfortunately, when you are listing all 30 teams you can't pull one out and say there is no evidence on how to grade it. I like what I have seen and heard from MacT so far and what Eakins has accomplished in the AHL, but it is the results that will tell the tale and that will take a season or two. DFS only brought this up to get people riled up. As always. It tells us nothing we don't know already.

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