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Linus Omark bolts for Switzerland rather than wait on Oilers contract

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Oilers forward Linus Omark is a shootout guru and small bundle of excitement, but he won’t be flexing his skills in Edmonton or Oklahoma City next season.

According to David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, Omark is headed to Switzerland where he’ll join EV Zug.

Last season Omark played in just 14 games with the Oilers, scoring three goals and adding no assists. He played in just 18 games in the AHL with Oklahoma City but had six goals and 10 assists there. He wound up missing plenty of time thanks to a broken ankle.

Omark was a restricted free agent this offseason as he waited out to see if the Oilers would present him with a contract offer and an opportunity to stick with the big club. Rather than waiting for the team to come to him, or the labor dispute to be settled, he opted to take his game across the ocean.