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Devils waive Olesz

Nov 4, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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It appears Rostislav Olesz‘s NHL return could be short-lived.

On Monday, the Devils placed Olesz on waivers after he made just 10 appearances for the club, notching two assists and no goals. The 28-year-old Czech — who hadn’t played in the NHL since 2011-12 — inked a deal with New Jersey right at the start of July’s free agency period, agreeing to a one-year, $1 million deal after being bought out by the Blackhawks during the compliance window.

(Should be noted $300,000 of the $1 million deal was a signing bonus contingent upon games played. It’s unclear how many Olesz needed to attain the bonus.)

The seventh overall pick at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Olesz looked like he was on his way to a productive career following two solid seasons in Florida under current Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. Olesz scored a career-high 14 goals in 2009-10, then posted 17 points in 44 games during an injury-shortened 2010-11 campaign.

A good scorer at the AHL level — he had 60 points in 64 games over two seasons with AHL Rockford after the Blackhawks acquired him from Florida — Olesz might get scooped up by a team looking for depth at forward, though his price tag might dissuade clubs from taking a chance.

  1. nj666 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    yeah because this guy is clearly the problem, not guys like zajac who’s been under performing since he lost his butt buddy…

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Perhaps Zajac was overperforming while he had his “butt buddy”? I don’t follow the Devils all that closely but I was pretty shocked to see they thought of him as a nearly $6m player..

      • martysbetter - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        He’s a good two-way player but I would agree his cap hit is high for what he brings. I think it was more of a reaction to another one of the cornerstones of the franchise (Parise) leaving – with him gone and Elias & Marty about to call it quits the team desperately needed to make a move to show fans that they can keep players on this team.

        Not the best justification but that would be my guess, he hasn’t done much in a long while now..

      • davebabychreturns - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Yeah makes sense, similar to Mikko Koivu in Minnesota. Good player but not worth his cap hit, however he had the good fortune to have his contract winding down as the Wild watched Marian Gaborik walk away.

  2. terrier92 - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    He was really noticeable (well at least I noticed him) in Devils – Bruins game 10 days ago. Thought the kid really hustled and had skill.

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