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Forward Jamie Lundmark has left the Milwaukee Admirals. He has been placed on unconditional waivers, and there have been Internet reports that he has been in contact with a team in Europe.
Head Coach Lane Lambert broke the news during the pre-game show of the Admirals’ radio broadcast, prior to their game Saturday night against the Toronto Marlies.
“(Linus) Klasen is back with us, that should provide us with some offense. And Jamie Lundmark, who was supposed to provide us with offense this year, and didn’t really….decided to pack it in. And that’s okay. We certainly would rather see him do that than give us half an effort or decide that he wanted to do that later on in crunch time.
“Our team has always been about commitment, and commitment to each other, and we don’t want anybody in our locker room who isn’t committed, and committed to their teammates. That’s fine, we’ll move forward. Matt Halischuk is going to have to play center for now until we can sort things out with Chris Mueller being up in Nashville, and Steve Begin being hurt. When it all plays out and when it’s all said and done, I think it’s a good thing for our team because it just gives us a chance to reiterate the level of commitment that you have to have to be able to play on this hockey team.”
Lundmark had 6 goals and 12 assists in 34 games the season, and had recently been having success skating with linemates Matt Halischuk and Ryan Thang. While he hadn’t scored since December 17th, Lundmark had tallied five assists in his last four games.
I know public opinion on Lundmark varied amongst the Roundtable readers from very positive (SLake) to very negative (Maninthebox). For awhile, it seemed he was the only guy who would crash the net, knowing he’d get some punishment there, and then cash in on some dirty hard-working goals.
Whenever someone is injured, called up, or departs the team, we have to go with this spin: this opens the door for a younger guy to step up and be a difference maker. I’m hopeful somebody will.
Dan Gendur has been recalled to take Lundmark’s place on the roster.