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Linus Omark for Brian Lee ?? Why Not...


This came from one of my co-workers recently, and I thought I would open it for discussion. We all know the young and hot Edmonton Oilers have a huge logjam up front, with Ales Hemsky due to come back. This has catapulted young and fruitful Omark down to Oklahoma City, in a league where he has already dominated for the majority of last season. Yet, with the emergence of guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander, and Lennart Petrell, Omark is expandable.

The Ottawa Senators on the other end, have a logjam on the backend. Brian Lee is toiling away in the press box, and I really can't believe he has not snapped on this organization. Kudos to him, because I definitely would have. Lee will never live up to his 9th overall slot, but he has the makings of a solid 2nd-pairing defenseman, with good skating andawareness in his own zone. However, it's clear that he has been passed on the depth chart, and I currently see no way he gets back into the lineup barring injury. I know people will point at David Rundblad, but right now I think it is more appropriate to keep him in the NHL, as his development so far has been stark and devoid of his pre-season play indicated. Imagine when Matt Carkner returns in about a week or so. Carkner doesn't get you much return, but Lee does. It's clear that he needs a chance to play, and Ottawa won't give him that. At this point if he stays in the Capital his tour of duty in the press box will last longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage.

So bring in Omark, a winger who has plenty to prove in the Land of Swedes, and give the Oilers Lee who can provide defensive relief for Edmonton, and possibly down the road becoem a solid defenseman. One problem that could arise withthis trade would be an impending logjam up front for Ottawa. However, I think if you send down Kaspars Daugavins (sorry, but he's stuck down) and scratch someone like Zenon Konopka(useless signing IMO), maybe even send a guy like Nikita Filatov or Stephane Da Costa back Binghamton, Omark can fit here. The biggest thing is that you want him to play, and when he plays, he can bring a whole new dimension to the game.

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