The Buffalo Sabres have officially ended the Linus Omark experiment.
Acquired just before the Christmas break in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on December 19th in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick.
Not able to crack the lineup of the two worst teams in the National Hockey League and Edmonton and Buffalo – the Swedish winger is likely played his final games in the NHL.
Buried in the Edmonton system and not quiet about being unhappy with playing with their AHL affiliate – Omark thought that was going to change for the better when he found himself on a rebuilding Buffalo Sabres club.
On February 7th the Buffalo Sabres placed Omark on waivers with the intent to send him to Rochester to develop him further with the Rochester Americans.
Omark refused to report to the Amerks – tired of trying to pay his dues in the American Hockey League. Apparently the former fourth round (97th overall) draft pick of the Oilers feels he should be no questions asked a member of the National Hockey League.
Omark is now free to pursue his career elsewhere, and according to his agent Kevin Epp, his client is on his way to Europe, but is unsure of where he will play.
A sixth round draft pick was enough to give up for Omark – but to just throw away a player and a pick at this point in a rebuild – seems a bit odd, but is definitely a sign that this new regime will not stand for its prospects and players dictating the way things will be done.
The organization also took a hard line stance with Mikhail Grigorenko when he initially refused to report back to the Quebec Remparts.
Trading him would have made more sense – but at this point in his career – who wants the Omark baggage?