The Buffalo Sabres placed winger Linus Omark on waivers last week after the forward failed to make an impression on Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan. It was expected that Omark would report to the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester after the AHL All-Star break concluded.
The break has come and gone and the Americans are back to practice, but Omark wasn’t there when the team took the ice on Thursday night.
In a phone conversation with John Vogl of The Buffalo News, Omark’s agent Kevin Epp informed Vogl that Omark wasn’t in the United States, and was on an “Olympic vacation”.
“I’m not really sure what the exact next steps are,” Epp told Vogl. “just trying to figure out where he can go, where they can reassign him, where they want to have him, where he’s going to be best-suited for them and their situation.”
Omark has stated before that he would rather play in his homeland of Sweden than in the NHL’s minor leagues. Epp told The Buffalo News that the idea of his client playing in Sweden is a possibility.
If Omark’s wish is to play in Sweden, the Sabres could assign to him a European team. Due to transfer agreements, he cannot play without their consent.
“There’s a chance they could assign him there,” said Epp, who hopes to have a resolution in the next few days. “There’s a chance he’ll still report to Rochester and a chance they’ll have him back in Buffalo. Who knows right now? It’s kind of up in the air.”
The NHL is currently on a break due to many of its players playing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. However, a decision on Omark could be made by new general manager Tim Murray before another game is played.