Report: Linus Omark close to NHL contract
UPDATE: According to Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer, the Oilers aren't close to a deal involving Omark's rights. Omark can sign an offer sheet with a rival club for as much as $1.1 Million without the deal involving any compensation.
Winger and spellbinding shootout specialist Linus Omark is close to a deal that would see him return to the National Hockey League next season, or so he and his agent say. According to a report in Aftonbladet, the skilled Swedish winger - who was qualified by the Edmonton Oilers back in 2012, meaning the club still owns Omark's rights as a restricted free-agent - has offers from SHL club Byrnas, but remains determined to play in the NHL again.
"It is starting to happen, I've got something going on" Omark told Aftonbladet (via google translate). Adds his agent Patrik Aronsson, "It is true that this is the NHL, but it's not finished yet and I will not say what club it is about" (again via google translate).
Omark led the Swiss league in scoring last season, and showed extremely well during his two seasons in North America. There were rumblings that he might re-sign in Edmonton earlier this summer, but the Aftonbladet article seems to suggest that they're finally willing to trade away Omark's rights.