Disgruntled forward Linus Omark headed to Barons

Edmonton sends more players to AHL team
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: November 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm •  Published: October 4, 2010
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Just as one wave of new players arrives in the Oklahoma City Barons training camp Monday, another group was sent down from the parent Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers cut eight players Monday, a day after wrapping up their NHL preseason schedule.

Edmonton sent down forwards Liam Reddox, Linus Omark, Ryan O'Marra, Alexandre Giroux, Ben Ondrus and Chris Vande Velde as well as defensemen Shawn Belle and Richard Petiot.

All but Omark and Vande Velde have to clear NHL waivers before being assigned to the Barons.

The Barons also released three players from their tryout assignments — Anthony Aiello, Mike Egener and Vladimir Nikiforov.

Aiello will play for the Oilers' Double-A team in Stockton, Calif. Egener and Nikiforov have signed with the Florida Everblades. Stockton and Florida are in the East Coast Hockey League.

Omark, 23, wasn't happy about the assignment to the Triple-A Barons.

"There is a lot of politics," Omark told the Edmonton Journal.

When asked if the Edmonton organization was the best place for Omark this year, he declined to comment.

The Swedish winger scored 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 56 games for Moscow Dynamo in the KHL last season.

"I am very disappointed," Omark told the paper. "But it's not up to me. I think I played better and better every day. But that's just the way it works. I am going to do my best in Oklahoma City and see what happens."

Omark showed well in Oilers camp, but it was crowded for rookie forwards with last year's No. 1 pick, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi all apparently making the NHL squad.

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