Linus Omark Believes He’ll be an NHL’er in 2012-13

Jonathan Willis
July 28 2012 01:14PM

Linus Omark, Krm500/Wikimedia Commons

It was a bit of a surprise when the Edmonton Oilers failed to trade Linus Omark at the draft this past year. There was clearly no room for the player in Edmonton, and by April the player was making it plain that he’d rather be elsewhere.

When he wasn’t dealt, the obvious read was that there simply wasn’t much interest. According to Omark, however, that isn’t the case – he expects to be playing in the NHL in 2012-13.

In a Swedish-language interview with the Norrbotten Courier (h/t Derek Zona), Omark made it plain that he believes the Oilers will be able to deal him. I unfortunately don’t read Swedish, but here are some excerpts courtesy of Google Translate:

“There is interest, there is no problem,” says Linus Omark.

There is no lack of interest from the NHL and Omark has received bids to consider, but would not disclose the clubs involved.

“[The Oilers] try to replace me away and that’s negotiations with other clubs that will take time,” he says.

There are a few other interesting points made in the piece, though of course through the prism of Google Translate they need to be taken for what they’re worth.

Omark mentioned the team extending his rights from July 15 to July 31. Likely, what is meant is that the Oilers have extended the deadline for Omark to accept his qualifying offer. From the Collective Bargaining Agreement, on qualifying offers to restricted free agents:

A Qualifying Offer shall automatically expire at 5:00 p.m. New York time on July 15; provided, however that the club may by written notice to Central Registry and the NHLPA, sent in accordance with Exhibit 3 hereof, provided on or before 5:00 p.m. New York time on July 15, extend the deadline for Qualifying Offer acceptance to a date (which must be a fixed and definitive calendar date) determined in its sole discretion.

The Courier also notes that Omark worked in the summer with a personal trainer (Petter Pettersson, a former soccer player) and now feels stronger than he did a year ago.

According to Omark, there is also KHL interest in his services, but his primary focus is on landing an NHL job next season.

One final, interesting point – Omark tried out for Sweden’s World Championship team but didn’t make the cut; Google translates the article as saying “he went on glandular fever and could not perform.” “Glandular fever” is a common synonym for mononucleosis.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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Why do hockey players always seem to have mono?

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#2 David S
July 28 2012, 01:21PM
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Another loooong no-hockey off season is giving me a good case of glandular fever.

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#4 Senator Theo
July 28 2012, 01:41PM
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ineptflux - Team Trade WanyeGretz For Oodle Noodle Instore Credit wrote:

Why do hockey players always seem to have mono?

Maybe they're kissing the same girl?

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#5 Archaeologuy
July 28 2012, 01:42PM
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It would Shock me to see him have an NHL career that featured a full season without being sent down or scratched for long stretches.

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#6 DrDave
July 28 2012, 02:00PM
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If the entire game was shoot outs then Omark would be an allstar, unfortunately for him there is alot more to this game. I wish him luck but it looks like he's Robert Nilsson 2.0

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#7 Sliderule
July 28 2012, 02:05PM
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The oilers have been trying hard to get something in a trade for Omark.

I believe the have been trying to do the same thing with MPS but are getting the same lack of interest.

I guess oiler fans see more value in them than NHL gms.

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#8 revingev
July 28 2012, 02:05PM
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With lots of NHL teams and some of those teams with poor players Omark can easily play on several other teams even if on 3rd lines. Not all teams have dynamo 3rd lines and some employ different strategies.

Should he be a step quicker this year and play on a team that needs help for a year, he could still potentially get another chance. Maybe this scare will push him for even greater work ethic on his backchecking.

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#9 Lofty
July 28 2012, 02:47PM
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I've always thought he would be a great fit for a team like Dallas. Lots of flash to go on the local news in a weak hockey market. He comes cheap and can excite casual hockey fans.

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#10 pelhem grenville
July 28 2012, 02:58PM
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ineptflux?...trade our creator?...for noodles?

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#11 etownman
July 28 2012, 03:13PM
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I believe Omark will wind up in Detroit! Just a hunch!

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#12 striker777
July 28 2012, 03:23PM
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Omatk is the most mismanaged asset on the Oilers. With the seasin tanking, he should have been showcased last 20 games, getting a bunch of points and getting media coverage. This had to be initiated from our management. Ive been watching some PVR'ed games with Omark in them and he definitely does have skills to succeed on many NHL teams. We just dont have a GM, who knows how to trade.

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#13 godot10
July 28 2012, 03:38PM
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Omark would be wise to sign the QO, if he wants to be in the NHL next year. A signed contract puts him in the drivers seat. At worst then, someone can claim him off of waivers.

Without a signed contract, the Oilers can leave him in limbo. And his only option would be Europe.

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#14 RexLibris
July 28 2012, 03:54PM
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This may get me banned just for suggesting it but...what about the Flames?

Calgary is weak on the right side (Iginla, Stempniak, Jackman) and Omark strikes me as being a Feaster kind of player (high-skill, European pedigree, might mesh well with someone like Cervenka, etc). The Oilers could ask for a 2nd round pick (2014). Feaster gives those things away like candy at Halloween.

Okay, I'm sorry for even suggesting it. Please forgive me!

Seriously, I think that Tambellini is hoping he plays in Europe for a year. It would free up a contract spot on the reserve list (I think) and if absence makes the heart grow fonder, it might refurbish his NHL reputation.

Heck, even Radulov looked like a good idea when he came back, and Omark is a much more responsible player.

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#15 Bushed
July 28 2012, 04:21PM
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This strikes me as Miro Satan redux.

Let Kreuger have a go with Omark and give him a real chance this time.

Even Nilsson had way more ice time and better linemates to work with than Omark.

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#16 AutoOiler
July 28 2012, 05:18PM
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Omark is a NHL player. He is tenacious on the forecheck. And is a point a game player in the AHL. The only player who improved under Renney was Eberle. He royally messed up with his handling of everyone else. I would rather have Omark in the line up then Jones, Eager, Hordichuk and HartI.

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#17 AutoOiler
July 28 2012, 05:22PM
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godot10 wrote:

Omark would be wise to sign the QO, if he wants to be in the NHL next year. A signed contract puts him in the drivers seat. At worst then, someone can claim him off of waivers.

Without a signed contract, the Oilers can leave him in limbo. And his only option would be Europe.

Agreed completely. If he wasn't claimed off of waivers he could always head to the KHL for more money.

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#18 Dino
July 28 2012, 06:23PM
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@RexLibris

I was also going to suggest Calgary. Bob Stauffer keeps pumping JBo's tires, so perhaps he'll be included in a deal for JBo?

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#19 Raine
July 28 2012, 06:58PM
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RexLibris wrote:

This may get me banned just for suggesting it but...what about the Flames?

Calgary is weak on the right side (Iginla, Stempniak, Jackman) and Omark strikes me as being a Feaster kind of player (high-skill, European pedigree, might mesh well with someone like Cervenka, etc). The Oilers could ask for a 2nd round pick (2014). Feaster gives those things away like candy at Halloween.

Okay, I'm sorry for even suggesting it. Please forgive me!

Seriously, I think that Tambellini is hoping he plays in Europe for a year. It would free up a contract spot on the reserve list (I think) and if absence makes the heart grow fonder, it might refurbish his NHL reputation.

Heck, even Radulov looked like a good idea when he came back, and Omark is a much more responsible player.

Problem is the Flames are quickly becoming Oilers 2.0 without the high draft picks. Oilers of yesteryear. Adding Omark only adds to this; a team of small skilled forwards toiling in the bottom of the standings.

Somebody mentioned Detroit and I too see this fit. Especially after letting Hudler go.

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#20 Walter Sobchak
July 28 2012, 08:03PM
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Omark is a good fit for the KHL, look at the moderate success Thoresen has had.

I think Omark could make a nice living playing there.

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#21 Mark-LW
July 28 2012, 08:09PM
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Dino wrote:

I was also going to suggest Calgary. Bob Stauffer keeps pumping JBo's tires, so perhaps he'll be included in a deal for JBo?

B.Stuffer just has a hard on for JBo, has for years. Likes to talk about how he knew him when he was a kid.

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#22 NewAgeSys
July 28 2012, 08:24PM
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I believe Linus has NHL level skills,and that he has the ability to make out team out of camp,and also that our coach claims to be focused on a more dynamic offensive system than we played for several years which lends itself to Omarks game.

However,the seeming rift that we observe between Linus Omark and the Oilers isnt a mirage,and unless Mr.Krueger is offering a fresh page to Linus we will have to watch him play elsewhere.I liked the Miroslav Satan comparison,although that is a pretty high bar to set for Linus,Satan had tremendous sucess as an NHLer.Personally i was absolutely against tradeing him,he was a natural sniper.

Linus Omark posseses a unique skill set ,he is a very small man who has developed a system that is sucessfull against NHL sized opposition,this is a tremendous asset to have on your bench.Linuses ability to HOLD the puck and to maintain control and also draw penaltys--while at the same time constantly presenting a VALID offensive threat from everywhere because of his ability to use his ultra-low center of grvity as the amazeing asset it seems to be,he is lethal from a total lean at ten inches off the ice--he still gets the shot off.He gets places even players like Ebbs and Nuge cant get to,because he is unique in his skillset--even on an NHL standard.

Actually i think linus tried to be an assertive thoroughbread and bust his way onto the team---how do we all think he managed to get this far??And shouldnt we respect that at some level,after we tone him down a little??I think Coach Krueger will give him a fair shake,and if there is any chance of him remaining here it will be allowed to happen by the Oilers top dogs,the last thing the team needs is any type of issue going into the new year,I say if Linus needs to go we should promote him out,and we maintain that perspective,we promote our ill-fitting assets out,we do not devalue them.

Our training camp will be explosively competative,and I am afraid for Linus that skill-set aside,it will be skill combined with size that cuts the mustard this year,our team seems to be beefing up somewhat as players begin to mature,we dont really look so small anymore,with Hall and Ebbs and Gagne filling out to 180-190 lbs.That is not really small for forwards---190 is not small for a forward in the NHL.And I believe we will see size added to this new growth as the team evolves through players earning spots at camp.If someone can present the size and skillset we need they will get a chance,I believe MPS fits the bill--just a flyer there--but i see MPS/Jones on the second line with Yakupov and Gagner.I see our 3rd line as Smyth-Horcs-Hemmer,and I dont think Linus can bust on to our 4th line,so unless he can somehow really light it up at camp the writeing is on the wall--we need the 3rd line to be all vets to be a serious playoff threat,and they need to start and STAY there for the entire playoff run,no mixing and matching that lines position,we need that high caliber of player that deep in our line-up to be sucessfull in the post-season,so because there is NO WAY omark is bumping any of those fellas down the depth chart,he is as good as gone.

I wish Linus all the best if he moves on and if he stays here ,I think we can use him like a scalpel--as he can really tear apart large immobile defenses in a lethal way.Linus would draw many penaltys in the playoffs,he might get schooled a little dureing the regular season,but when the chips are down he would be a real playoff asset.I am interested to see what our Coach has to say.

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#23 OILERSORDEATH
July 28 2012, 08:37PM
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He should sign the QO and then prove himself in TC. Who knows maybe he plays himself back into the lineup.

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#24 jjui
July 28 2012, 09:01PM
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#25 Oilcruzer
July 28 2012, 09:26PM
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jjui wrote:

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Rob Schremp has a better shot at being an impact player.

M indeed.

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#26 Harlie
July 28 2012, 09:50PM
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Banff Fairmont Hotel 2 nights - 90,000 Aeroplan points

Trail Riding on a horse for 3 hours in the mountains - $250.00

Aardvarks pizza on Banff ave slobbering drunk after last call - $5.00

Dinners drinks cabs and tips etc - $1000.00

7 year anniversary to a beautiful wife and mother of my kids - PRICELESS

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#27 lenny
July 28 2012, 11:20PM
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Bushed wrote:

This strikes me as Miro Satan redux.

Let Kreuger have a go with Omark and give him a real chance this time.

Even Nilsson had way more ice time and better linemates to work with than Omark.

Right on! Finally somebody made some sense!

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#28 GVBlackhawk
July 29 2012, 01:00AM
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Harlie wrote:

Banff Fairmont Hotel 2 nights - 90,000 Aeroplan points

Trail Riding on a horse for 3 hours in the mountains - $250.00

Aardvarks pizza on Banff ave slobbering drunk after last call - $5.00

Dinners drinks cabs and tips etc - $1000.00

7 year anniversary to a beautiful wife and mother of my kids - PRICELESS

The Oilers got Yakupov...and Schultz.

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#29 Trader Joe
July 29 2012, 02:14AM
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All flash, no substance. A minor leaguer eligible for waivers has little trade value.

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#30 pelhem grenville
July 29 2012, 05:50AM
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'...All flash, no substance. A minor leaguer eligible for waivers has little trade value...'

...y'forgot the attitude

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#31 DonDon
July 29 2012, 07:27AM
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Omark is an interesting case. Just like Gagner and Hemsky, some Oiler fans really like him, some really don't. As for his attitude, love it!

But more importantly, Omark has been a mishandled asset by the braintrust and Renney. They have totally devalued him either intentionally or by ignorance; not smart. They haven't done that great a job with some other assets, e.g., mishandling Paarjarvi and Lander, over playing Smyth and Khabibulin.

Good luck to Omark in finding a team that can capture his attributes and convert him into a valuable asset. The Oilers couldn't.

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#32 russ99
July 29 2012, 08:53AM
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@NewAgeSys

"will be skill combined with size that cuts the mustard this year"

Don't see that on the roster right now. Some size, but little skill.

Can't see how Omark can't win a roster spot against the likes of Hordichuk, Eager and Petrell.

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#33 GiftedGregerius
July 29 2012, 08:57AM
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@RexLibris

"This may get me banned just for suggesting it but...what about the Flames?

Calgary is weak on the right side (Iginla, Stempniak, Jackman) and Omark strikes me as being a Feaster kind of player (high-skill, European pedigree, might mesh well with someone like Cervenka, etc). The Oilers could ask for a 2nd round pick (2014). Feaster gives those things away like candy at Halloween."

Man I hope you are right! Linus' total inability to play defense would be great to see against the Oilers 6 times next year. I mean he could make Belanger and Jones look like offensive juggernauts. Give him to Calgary for a bag of frozen pucks, they will be of more use to us.

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#34 TeddyTurnbuckle
July 29 2012, 09:54AM
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No way he plays another game as an Oiler. Didn't mind him as a player but lets get serious now that Yakupov is here there is no room for him. Every team in the NHL has a small skilled player on the bubble. I don't expect much in return. Maybe a fourth round draft pick.

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#35 GVBlackhawk
July 29 2012, 10:28AM
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AutoOiler wrote:

Omark is a NHL player. He is tenacious on the forecheck. And is a point a game player in the AHL. The only player who improved under Renney was Eberle. He royally messed up with his handling of everyone else. I would rather have Omark in the line up then Jones, Eager, Hordichuk and HartI.

Omark could not crack the lineup on a 29th place team. He is a decent possession player but is miserable in the defensive zone. A point per game player in the AHL does not necessarily equate to an NHL player -- the quality of competition is vastly more difficult in the NHL. Other players who 'improved under Renney': Smid, Petry. RNH also had a good season. Hall was having a great season before he got hurt.

Ryan Jones was statistically better than Omark in every offensive category.

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#36 Hammers
July 29 2012, 10:29AM
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As others have said . Tambo & Renney mishandled this player He needed to be packaged with a couple of other players for a "D" or big forward . Blows my mind that we have no guts in front office .Other teams take risks while Tambo sits.

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#37 Hammers
July 29 2012, 10:29AM
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As others have said . Tambo & Renney mishandled this player He needed to be packaged with a couple of other players for a "D" or big forward . Blows my mind that we have no guts in front office .Other teams take risks while Tambo sits.

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#38 bigdawg
July 29 2012, 10:34AM
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Omark is a head s case . Why else would okc not use him for the playoffs . HeHe isn't team plyer.

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#39 Rob...
July 29 2012, 10:49AM
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He chose to try out for team Sweden instead of play in the playoffs for OKC. It seemed like a poor decision on his part, but if he was suffering from mono, or something similar, I'm glad he took off.

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#40 jangofat
July 29 2012, 11:32AM
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You do realise it was oiler managment/coaching that was the reason for this? they bring him up from ahl and dont realise that playing him would mean that he would be waiver material. so instead of sending him to the ahl playoffs, he sits in the pressbox as a healthy scratch. there should be laws against misshandling players like this.

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#42 Cody anderson
July 30 2012, 09:52AM
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I would not be surprised to see him get a few games in the NHL this year but I would be shocked to see him play the majority of the season in the NHL.

He is creative and has offensive skill. Reminds me of Schremp in this way.

He is a small, one dimensional player. He needs to play with elite skill to have any shot. People that think he should be able to push Eager Belanger or Hordichuk off of the 4th line have no clue about hockey. He would be brutal in a 3rd or 4th line role. The only place he could be used on a team lacking depth as insurance for their scoring wingers or as a complimetary player on a team like the islanders.

If our asking price is low enough someone will give him a shot.

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#43 zen oil
July 30 2012, 09:26PM
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Life is like a box of chocolates Linus. You never know what you're going to get. Linus Omark and Forest Gump actually have alot in common....they're slow.

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#44 jangofat
July 31 2012, 08:54AM
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what i dont get, is why fans from edmonton are so upset about omark, hes been treated like crap by the organisation, yet he stuck around for 2 seasons?

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