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 Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 Stew
August 27 2013, 10:02AM
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FIST!

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#2 Archaeologuy
August 27 2013, 10:18AM
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*Shakes head disapprovingly*

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#3 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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#4 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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#5 wiseguy
August 27 2013, 10:03AM
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Facepalm!

The more things change...

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#6 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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#7 heresdylan
August 27 2013, 10:18AM
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I don't think Omark will play much if any in the AHL. Mac-T most likely promised lots of NHL minutes. 3rd line with Gordon and Hemsky.

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#8 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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#9 Robin Brownlee
August 27 2013, 12:42PM
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Marshall Law wrote:

The most exciting part of this transaction is that it now allows us to observe as the local media tries to explain how they never meant to say that Omark was a joke with no value.

Clearly there remains some interest in him. Otherwise, the Oilers would have Toni Rajala-ed him a long time ago. One can only hope he gets a decent opportunity to prove himself this time around.

Shove it up the backsides of your critics, Linus!

This is the most exciting part of the transaction for you? Puzzling perspective, that.

Omark, as he and his agent clearly found out, doesn't hold the cachet with NHL GMs he thought he did. Tearing it up in Europe didn't get the phone ringing the way he hoped.

Now, he's back and saying the right things about doing what it takes to make it to the NHL. There is no downside to Omark coming back motivated to show he belongs at the NHL level. We'll see if he does.

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#10 shanetrain
August 27 2013, 10:32AM
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Omark and Hemsky with Gordon is a disaster if it happens.

Gordon will need an oxygen tank everytime he comes back to the bench.

I really hope this isn't it for MacT.

Danny Cleary and maybe Brunner at the right # would really solidify the bottom 6.

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#11 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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#12 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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#13 Supernova
August 27 2013, 10:36AM
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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.

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#14 justDOit
August 27 2013, 11:51AM
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BOLD:

Blazing

Offence

Lacking

Defence

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#15 Oilbaron
August 27 2013, 11:48AM
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I knew it! When that story broke a month ago about Omark close to returning to the NHL, I had a feeling it was gonna be with Edmonton. I think Mac-T just wants everyone to compete for a spot, and the remainders will be trade bait.

I think they told him to keep quiet about it too once the news came out

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#16 shanetrain
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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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#17 Darrell
August 27 2013, 10:03AM
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This should stick a fist up DSFs a$$ ....

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#18 Supernova
August 27 2013, 10:34AM
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Omark > Smyth

good move.

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#19 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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#20 Archaeologuy
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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#21 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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#22 DSF
August 27 2013, 08:43PM
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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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#23 Manfly
August 27 2013, 10:14AM
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he won't last long here, and if he scores, he'll make attractive trade bait. kudos to the Oilers for not just releasing this guy and actually trying to get something for him down the road.

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#24 wheeler
August 27 2013, 10:23AM
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Well JW, it appears you and Staples disagree on something, as he likes the Omark-Gordon-Hemsky idea.

"It’s no secret that Ales Hemsky is a soloist who does his best work when surrounded by support players. Newly acquired centre Boyd Gordon and Omark can be those support players, with Gordon doing the heavy lifting down low in the Oilers zone, like Shawn Horcoff used to do with and for Hemsky. Gordon will also be the guy coming back hard on the backcheck. Omark can win pucks on the boards all over the ice, while Hemsky is on the puck, advancing it up the ice, his great strength as a player." "this line would have a chance to get the job done by cycling the puck in the offensive end, and surviving in the Oilers end due to the efforts of Gordon."

I think you're wrong on this one.

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#25 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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#27 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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#28 Tikkanese
August 27 2013, 12:49PM
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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.

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#29 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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#30 Craig1981
August 27 2013, 10:10AM
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You would think is any of the top 6 get injured there will be a chance for him. Then I would think Dallas might be the perfect type of coach for him.

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#31 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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#32 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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#33 916oiler
August 27 2013, 11:46AM
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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.

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#34 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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#35 ubermiguel
August 27 2013, 10:16AM
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Sounds like someone picked up a little humility in Zug. Wonder if this deal was in the works before dumping Rajala.

What's his waiver status if it's a 2 way deal?

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#36 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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#37 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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#38 ScottieA
August 27 2013, 10:06AM
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Oh wait, what was that Stauffer said about Omark back in June?..

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#39 Mojo
August 27 2013, 10:20AM
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I still think this guy is an NHLer, but he does play very well on the big ice.

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#40 Obiwan Eberle - Team Silver Fox
August 27 2013, 10:27AM
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If there is a no desire to rush RNH back then a shift of Hall to center, for a time, is much easier with Omark as a 2nd line LW option...

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#41 Chris
August 27 2013, 10:37AM
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How anyone can be opposed to adding a player who won a scoring title in an NHL lockout year, with NHLers in the swiss league is beyond me. Hes better than 4/6 of our bottom six. 0.46 ppg in the NHL playing with bottom tier linemates. Oiler fans must not like having depth. Omark has a ton of talent and if he plays hard, like say for a contract, its a win win. 600k!

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#42 They're $hittie
August 27 2013, 11:27AM
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truthseeker wrote:

Huge move, under-appreciated by most. Opens up the chance to move Gagner to effect fundamental change in the roster.

omark has nothing to do with Gagner. Stupid comment.

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#43 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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#44 Tyler
August 27 2013, 10:41AM
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I'm with ya. MacT stressed that you have to at least be a threat to score when any line is out there. Why have a pure defence line? Put out Hemmer Omark and Gordon (to make sure they're not giving up more than they create - another MacT mantra) and you may have something. A creative and offensively gifted duo against other 3rd lines with less skill could be dynamite. Two potential 30-55pt (Hemmer obviously represent the 40-50 range with Linus in the 30-40 with little PP time) but those guys that deep in the roster doesn't happen often. If the experiment fails in preseason or even a few games in to the season, flush it. Risk reward ratios have to say giddy up. Calgary, Vancouver, the Ducks, PHX and even LA, or the Sharks don't have that kind of offence on the 3rd.

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#45 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
August 27 2013, 11:01AM
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600k is reasonable. I love an underdog story, I hope he makes the team and tears it up this year. Call it youtube fodder, but that 360 shootout winner was awesome to see.

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#46 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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#47 Craig1981
August 27 2013, 11:29AM
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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?

Some local sports writer rated the Oilers last...OMG. If you read, he based it on their poor performance in the last 7 years. MacT was put in place at the end of the season and Eakins hasn't coached a game yet....... His argument for having them as the worst duo makes as much sense as when you told me the Bruins would resign everyone from last year.

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#48 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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#49 ubermiguel
August 27 2013, 10:20AM
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Spector's reporting $600k NHL price tag!!! MacT win.

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#50 Rob...
August 27 2013, 11:03AM
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@shanetrain

I'm waiting to read where the National Enquirer has the Oilers GM/Coach duo ranked before giving up all hope... they're a more credible source for hockey news than a site where a 'top story' is "Christie Brinkley made baseball cards of the 1995 World Series teams?".

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