Buffalo Sabres Acquire Linus Omark From the Edmonton Oilers

Now you’re probably sitting at your computer consumed by the game the Buffalo Sabres are currently playing against the Boston Bruins, but if you can manage to pull yourself away we have news for you! It would appear Pat LaFontaine and the Buffalo Sabres don’t need a general manager around to make trades on their behalf as tonight LaFontaine made his first deal.

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired left winger Linus Omark from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in

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2014. Not bad LaFontaine for your first deal.

Linus Omark was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 97th overall in the 2007 draft. He has suited up for 66 games representing the Edmonton Oilers since being drafted, but has mostly played oversea’s in the KHL and in the AHL. Omark currently sits 4th in AHL scoring with 14 goals in 29 games- just one goal ahead of Luke Adam.

In his 66 NHL games, Omark has recorded 30 points and signed a one-year deal at the beginning of this season, so he will be eligible for free agency at the end of this season. He is currently playing in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons as he works on perfecting his craft.

Linus Omark has represented Sweden twice during the World Championships- winning bronze in both 2010 and 2009. While Omark has yet to cement a place in the NHL at the age of 26, he has the potential to be a solid 2nd or 3rd line winger and for a 6th round pick it’s certainly worth the gamble for the Buffalo Sabres. While he’s a little small at 5 foot 10, he could help the Sabres with their shortage of left wingers.

His defencive game could certainly use some work, he is a natural goal scorer who has a very creative eye for making things happen. He likes to score and play a flashy brand of hockey and while he is a risk, he has the potential to be a difference maker on offence.

A comparisons for Linus Omark would be Brian Flynn who is currently playing with the Buffalo Sabres. Both are smaller players, who have untapped potential to reach a solid level of offence and are just looking for a chance to breakout.

This was a great move by the Buffalo Sabres and Pat LaFontaine. The entire Sabres organization is weak at left wing and they needed to acquire some more, NHL ready, left wingers and they gave up very little to do so. If he doesn’t stick with the Sabres, he can help bolster the Amerks line-up.

LaFontaine has pulled the trigger on his first NHL deal, do you think he enjoyed? Will it make him desire to stay on as the Sabres GM going forward? I mean they don’t need a real GM to make moves apparently.

What do you think of the acquisition of Linus Omark?

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Linus Omark, Trade

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  • Jes


    • Caitlin Campbell

      thats what happens when I write a rush article during a hockey game…

      • Jes

        lol I’m just giving you a hard time CC

        • Caitlin Campbell

          haha I know!

      • Jes

        BTW what do you think about the recent performances? 7 out of a possible 10 points, not bad. You should do an article on seeing who is on the tank for two years or at least this or just go all out.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          It’s certianly a solid idea for an article I’ll mark it down. I love the Sabres effort as of late- they’re finally playing like a real team.

    • Dano


  • Jes

    God I hope Lafontaine doesn’t name himself GM. We need a smart GM, who knows what’s what. I talked to a bunch of my buddies who are Oil fans and they said he’s been a huge disappointment for them. But they said in a smaller eastern conference he could get things going. They also said he is like a mini Hemsky.

    By the way anyone else worried we are starting to do some actual good on the ice? Sabres main goal should be losing right now and next year. It’s the only way they get that cup. If they keep selecting in the middle of the pack they’ll never get there. Nice to win one against the BIG BAD BRUINS!!!!

    • Dano

      I dont think they are ‘ turning it around ‘. They beat a ‘ beat up ‘ Bawztun team whom was lacking a lot of their starters. Buffalo had its absolute best out there, the cupboards are empty. It was 1 win out of maybe 10-15 ( at the most ) that they will have this season.

      I think what we are seeing though, is the players actually TRYING to do something.

      With the theme of rebuild going on, they all know that if they arent going to contribute their top efforts, they arent even going to be in Rochester, let alone on NHL ice next year.

      Nolan has found a way to get the boys to move their feet.

  • Dano

    “Now you’re probably sitting at your computer consumed by the game the Buffalo Sabres are currently playing against the Boston Bruins..”

    Nope. Was at the game instead :D .

    Its good to see Buffalo is trying to grab some ‘ take a chance ‘ players while giving up ‘ little to nothing ‘. Smaller moves to try and snag a piece or 2 will curb the starvation I have for them to actually do something!

    • Jes

      you lucky bastard. once I’m going to have to come down next year for a game. I’m thinking leafs vs sabres so at least we will have one fan in the stands at our home game.

      • Dano

        Bring your gear, Join us on the pond! We usually have a ( fresh ) Chicken or Pig roast and a ‘ barn gathering ‘ on Saturdays. Always room for many more to join us!

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Cough- cough- Where is my invite

          • Dano

            You still play?

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Don’t “play anymore” but I still skate

          • Dano

            Not good :( . Wish you could play!

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Oh I’ll play

      • Caitlin Campbell

        haha represent the Sabres!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      you were at the game?! Beyond jealous… share some of those Season’s tickets eh man? haha.
      That’s exactly what this move is… a decent player who has potential that the Sabres had to give up nothign for. Hopefully he pans out.

      • Dano

        Yep. Theres a few games I usually dont Attend. Habs games are off limits for my own good. A friend and I were ejected from one last year. Almost lost my seats.

        Even if Linus doesnt pan out, Buffalo is still taking a look at all the options out there. Not just the draft, not just free-agency.. they are looking for players from all sources. ‘ Open book ‘ way of doing things. All options are being considered.

        • qwicwted

          Considering Olmark was put on waivers back in September, I guess giving up a 6th rounder isn’t too bad. I think picking Olmark up gives the Sabres some wiggle room for making trades with Moulson, Ennis and/or Foligno (although I don’t see them doing a trade with Foligno).

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  • davidmuscalo

    The question that immediately came to mind when I read that Linus Omark had been acquired by the Sabres was who is Linus Omark? I guess I we will find out in the not too distant future.

    At least he has NHL experience, beyond that, to me, at least, he is a tabula rasa.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      he has potential and the Sabres virtually gave up nothing to get him- why not take a chance?

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