Friday, December 20, 2013

Linus Omark Traded to Buffalo Sabres

Linus Omark has been traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Buffalo Sabres according to the Edmonton Journal.  Edmonton will receive a conditional  sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft.  It was rumored that Omark had wanted to be traded in order to see more NHL playing time.  It was also reported that the Oilers wanted to get their 50-man protected list solidified, providing further impetus for this trade. Omark had a brief stint with the Oilers but spent most of his time this season with their AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons.

The former fourth round pick of the Oilers in 2007 has seen 66 regular season NHL games with 30 points to his credit (8 goals, 22 assists).

He proved himself to be skilled offensively in his time on the Oilers' farm team this season, notching 29 points in 29 games for the Barons. Given the Sabres' struggles offensively in 2013, it would be surprising if Omark did not appear on their NHL roster in the very near future.

The teams squeaked this deal in before the NHL roster freeze kicked in for several days during the holidays.

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