It’s looks like Linus Omark‘s career in the NHL could be over, at least for now.
An anonymous source close to the situation has confirmed that the Buffalo Sabres plan to release Omark by placing him on unconditional waivers, according to The Canadian Press via NHL.com. This ends the drama that began when Omark refused to report to the AHL’s Rochester Americans after being sent down.
The Sabres acquired Omark earlier this season from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick. In 13 games with the Sabres, Omark only managed two assists while being a -5 player.
This will not be the first time that Omark has crossed the Atlantic. After having a contract dispute with the Oilers prior to the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Omarks signed with a Swiss team, EV Zug. Instead of returning to the Oilers when the lockout ended, Omark remained in Switzerland for the entire season. He scored 17 goals and added 52 assists for 69 points in 48 games.
After that season, Omark re-signed in Edmonton. However, he only played one game for the Oilers prior to being dealt to the Sabres.
Omark looks like he never got used to the NHL game and it also looks like that he got tired of playing in the AHL. He must be confident in his abilities because of the production in junior and his one season in Switzerland. However, his NHL game never really materialized, his highest point total being 27, recorded in his first season with the Oilers in 2010-11.
Hopefully, he can continue his career and be successful in Europe.