BUFFALO, N.Y. — Swedish-born forward Linus Omark intends to pursue his career in Europe after getting his release from the Buffalo Sabres.
Omark went unclaimed on Tuesday, a day after the Sabres placed him on unconditional waivers, the player’s agent Kevin Epp said in an email to The Associated Press.
The Sabres made the decision to cut ties with Omark a little more than a week after the player declined to report to Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester.
Epp wrote that Omark is traveling to Europe, though it’s not yet clear where he will be playing.
The Sabres have not commented on Omark’s status since first placing him on waivers on Feb. 7, with the intention of demoting him to Rochester. Buffalo made the move believing the player would get a further chance to develop during the NHL’s two-week Olympic break.
Omark, however, balked at reporting to the minors after spending the past two-plus seasons splitting time between the Edmonton Oilers and their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.
A change of scenery in Buffalo didn’t help. The Sabres gave up a conditional sixth-round draft pick to acquire Omark in a trade with Edmonton on Dec. 19.
Omark had difficulty earning regular ice time with the last-place Sabres, and finished with two assists in 13 games.
Overall, the 2007 fourth-round draft pick has eight goals and 32 points in 79 career NHL games.
The Sabres (15-34-8) are off until hosting the Carolina Hurricanes (26-22-9) on Feb. 25.