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Linus Omark on Waivers As Buffalo Sabres Make Roster Moves

With a soft deadline on NHL rosters coming today at 3 in the afternoon, there was bound to movement from teams looking to shuffle some last minute players around before the 2 week Olympic break. Today the Buffalo Sabres placed Linus Omark on waivers in an attempt to send him to the Rochester Americans along with Chad Ruhwedel and Phil Varone.

All three have been sent to Rochester to get some playing time in while the NHL is on break over the next 2.5 weeks. Ruhwedel and Varone will go directly back to Rochester while Omark will need to clear waivers before he can be


By putting Omark on waivers now it saves the Buffalo Sabres from sending the Edmonton Oilers a 6th round draft pick had he played 15 games with the Buffalo Sabres. When the Sabres claimed him off waivers he was given a tryout like stint with the team to see if a change in scenery could help his game, however he managed just 2 assists in his 13 games with the Sabres.

Chad Ruhwedel was called up when the Sabres needed to send Mark Pysyk down for the Olympic break and much like the man he replaced on the blue line, he looked very mature and solid. Ruhwedel was one of the Sabres best defencemen through this last stretch leading up the Olympics. He’s still pointless this season but has been playing very sound hockey on the back end.

After a long junior career and being passed over numerous times Phil Varone finally got his first NHL call up with the Buffalo Sabres and looked pretty solid in his 9 games. Throughout those games he scored his first NHL goal and added an assist for 2 points.

If Omark clears waivers he will join Phil Varone, Chad Ruhwedel and the rest of the Rochester Americans while the NHL has a nice little break. It’s unclear who will re-join the Buffalo Sabres post-Olympics and with the trade deadline nearing there may be a few players going back and forth within the next month. Don’t get too comfy boys you’ll be needed again.

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  • lee Munn

    Smart move put Omark on waivers 1 hour before OLY. trade deadline, then no-one has time to grab him if interest.. & with 2 games under the 15 he cost us nothing… overall I like this move. I doubt Omark will come back-up unless we trade a few players for just drafts. As for Ruhwedel, him with McNabb & Pysyk will all get there shot back when we unload a few other D-men. I hope.

    • JHizzle75

      I’m wondering what would happen if a team claimed him and he played 2 more games (at least) this season. Are the Sabres still on the hook for their 6th round pick or does Omark have to play 15 games with the Sabres? He could end up on a different team and play out the rest of the season, so I wonder if there is a stipulation that says all 15 games have to be with Buffalo?

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Think it was only if he played 15 with the Sabres

  • Dano

    Speaking of Rochester…

    Watched them play saturday against the Griffins at FnC. They tossed in the tickets with the season holders passes. A hockey game is a hockey game, doesnt matter if its highschool, pee-wee or NHL to me.

    Some viewpoints..

    THEY ABSOLUTELY sucked. There was no chemistry at all. There was no hustle. There were 10 guys on the ice whom have seen time in the nhl this past year and they didnt look like they should be in the AHL either.

    Ristolinen was LOST. McNab didnt know how to help his goaltender at all.. Speaking of Goaltenders..

    Matt Hacket? How to grade him..

    I know C.C. writes articles for this site. I know shes not 5 foot tall and is turning 20 and has played hockey for 12 years. I say Give her a shot over Hackett! He is NOT the future nor will he even be in the NHL is the Sabres wish to turn things around in the next decade. Hackett faced somewhere around 30 shots and gave up 5 goals. 3 of them looked like *I* could have stopped them from the seat I was sitting in!

    Risto scored a goal.. But he was on the ice for all 5 of the griffins goals! Finished a -4 ( I believe ).

    Porter, Larsson, McNabb and Gillies actually didnt look to bad. The guys whom came to the game to play and had lots of hustle were Varone and Armia. Luke Adam looked slow.. he was where he needed to be and broke up a few plays, but it was as if John Scott could win a speed skating matchup against him!

    Someone whom DID look good was Emmerton from Grand Rapids. Buffalo should try to get a trade going with Detroit for him. ;) Could be the Sabres future first line centerman! ( sarcasm folks! )