Years ago–when Brad Winchester left the Oilers organization–Craig MacTavish uttered the famous line “I think he needs a second opinion.”
I suspect we are at that point with Linus Omark. With the Oilers moving on to business surrounding the ‘franchise cornerstones’ Hall & Eberle, the crickets are deafening on Omark.
Jim Matheson has an item up on the two superstars-in-waiting, and at the tail end (where else) posted this on Linus:
- The Oilers sent him a new contract proposal, likely two-way, maybe for the same $65,000 he made in Oklahoma City last year, and five per cent more than the $875,000 he made as an NHL. Omark has not signed it. “We haven’t heard that he’s signed with anybody else (in Europe),” said Olczyk.
It isn’t exactly “don’t know, don’t care” but you can see it from there.
We know the relationship between Edmonton and Omark isn’t rosy, as reflected in this tweet from Omark earlier this year: “I live to show that the “two” are wrong. But I really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team.”
It looks like there is no interest, at least at this time. I remain convinced that Omark has the ability to play in the NHL and hope he gets a shot down the line. I would expect his immediate future is in Europe.
My Omark ramblings are
I keep thinking someone will trade a 7th rd pick for him, keep him in North America and sign him to their own 2-way deal. That’s probably what Omark was thinking too.
I think he has an NHL future if he can find the right fit. And while it is also true that I still believe Marc Pouliot could have a future, it’s also true that Pouliot has had some chances in a few organizations now; he may not return.
I believe someone, somewhere, is curious enough about Linus Omark to give him a chance. Perhaps not this fall, when a draft pick may be required to keep him. However, when the Oilers no longer hold his rights (and at this point we could be talking days) I expect him to get another chance in the show.
He has too much talent. Even with the warts, Omark will get his 500 at-bats.