Linus Omark didn’t do much in Buffalo. He made it clear to the Sabres he would have done even less in Rochester.
The forward, who had his contract terminated by the Sabres on Tuesday, signed with Lulea of the Swedish elite league Wednesday. He’s packing up in Buffalo before heading back to his homeland.
The Sabres made the easy decision to get rid of Omark after he failed to report to the Rochester Americans.
“I was clear all the time that I didn’t want to play in the AHL, that it wouldn’t be good for both me and Rochester,” Omark told Swedish newspaper NSD, which provided an English translation to The News. “The team wouldn’t have got anything from me. They understand that as well, so they let me go to Europe instead.”
The Sabres acquired Omark from Edmonton in December after he told the Oilers he would rather play in his homeland than for their minor-league club. Omark put up 14 goals and 29 points in 29 games with Oklahoma City, so the Sabres took a chance that the 27-year-old’s skills would translate to the NHL.
Omark had no goals and two assists in 13 games with the Sabres and became a regular scratch. Because he failed to play 15 games, the Sabres reportedly do not have to give up the conditional sixth-round pick they offered the Oilers.
“My goal for this season was to be able to play in the NHL, so when I finally got the chance to play in Buffalo I was very happy,” Omark told NSD. “Then you can say that I didn’t take the chance.”
The Sabres, who have been off since losing to Ottawa on Feb. 6, are scheduled to return to practice Friday. Their next game is Tuesday against Carolina in First Niagara Center.