By John Vogl
Linus Omark, waived by the Sabres last week and assigned to Rochester, has not reported to the Amerks, The News has learned.
Rochester held its first post-All-Star break practice this evening, and Omark did not join the team. The forward was expected to be present after clearing waivers Saturday.
The 27-year-old is on an Olympic vacation and not in the United States, agent Kevin Epp told The News by phone. The Swede previously said he would rather play in his homeland than the minor leagues.
"I’m not really sure what the exact next steps are," Epp said, "just trying to figure out where he can go, where they can reassign him, where they want to have him, where he’s going to be best-suited for them and their situation."
Omark, acquired from Edmonton in December for a conditional sixth-round draft pick, spent 29 games with the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate this season. He put up 14 goals and 29 points but told the organization he had no desire to spend the season in the minors and planned to return to Sweden. Faced with a Christmas deadline, the Oilers traded him to Buffalo.
Omark failed to score and totaled just two assists in 13 games with the Sabres. He was a regular scratch the past few weeks.
If Omark's wish is to play in Sweden, the Sabres could assign to him a European team. Due to transfer agreements, he cannot play without their consent.
"There’s a chance they could assign him there," said Epp, who hopes to have a resolution in the next few days. "There’s a chance he’ll still report to Rochester and a chance they’ll have him back in Buffalo. Who knows right now? It’s kind of up in the air."