Linus Omark wants to return to NHL

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Linus Omark has spent a year away from the NHL but now he wants to return.

A report out of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet says  (h/t David Staples) he’s left his Swiss team, EV Zug, and is ready to return to the NHL.

There’s one problem though: His rights are still owned by the Edmonton Oilers and it doesn’t sound like they want him back and they’re not close to trading him.

In Switzerland, Omark played on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner and they lit up the Swiss league. When those two headed back to the NHL after the lockout ended, Omark kept producing and led that league in assists and points.

If Omark were to return to the Oilers he’d find a player there that’s sort of in his mold already in David Perron. Omark’s agent says they’re close to a deal but unless Edmonton parts ways with his rights, he might be stuck looking for a new European team.