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Caps waive d-man Oleksy

Jan 20, 2014, 12:46 PM EST

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The Washington Capitals have placed defenseman Steve Oleksy on waivers, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Oleksy, 27, has 10 points through 33 games this year after making his NHL debut during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign. He was a pretty regular fixture on the Washington blueline through the second half of last season and the first part of this season — averaging over 15 minutes per game — but has been a spare part as of late, having dressed in just two of the Caps’ last nine contests.

This marks the second time in two weeks the Capitals have waived a defenseman. On Jan. 8, the club put Alex Urbom on waivers and he was quickly scooped up by New Jersey, the club that originally drafted him.

It should be noted Oleksy also has some playoff experience, dressing in all seven of Washington’s first-round games against the Rangers last season. He’s in the second of a three-year, $1.625 million entry-level deal that carries a $541,667 annual cap hit.

  1. lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Are you kidding me???? Has GMGM gone mad? I hope this is to make room for a trade because if it isn’t it means they’re holding onto Carrick over Oleksy. Carrick is not NHL ready at all and Oleksy is a reliable 6th D-man who’s play has looked poor because he has to cover for Erskine’s mistakes. Why not waive Erskine, he’s one of the slowest skaters in the league! Horrendous management by the Caps this season, shipping off Perreault, probably losing Oleksy now, their management of Erat, scratching Fehr, use of Wilson…what’s wrong with this team?

    • lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Forgot to mention that I’d be very, very surprised if Oleksy doesn’t get picked up by another team. Really low cap hit for a reliable depth defenseman. Those are always a hot commodity.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        I think this move is more of a sign of the play of Orlav than Carrick. Also, which is important, Oleksy was averaging 8 minutes less time on ice than say Mike Green and had more penalty minutes, and Green takes some of the worst penalties imaginable. So that can be pretty telling right there. Im assuming he couldn’t be traded to be waived, which is probably accurate. Now would i have made this move, no, not without an solid replacement, but its not as cut and dry insanity as some of you think.

      • lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        What does this has to do with Orlov? It’s well known that Oates only plays lefty-righty D-combinations, Orlov is a lefty and Oleksy is a righty. Green, Carlson, and Carrick are the other rightys and Green and Carlson aren’t going anywhere. This means that Oleksy was waived in favor of Carrick on the 3rd D pairing. So to me, yes, it is insane, because they lose risking a proven player in favor of keeping a rookie who isn’t NHL ready and could be sent down without being picked up on waivers.

    • stevefromsacto - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Olesky is a decent player, but Carrick will be a star someday in the mold of John Carlson. I’d say giving him the experience at the NHL level will pay off in the long run. As to Wilson, he adds a toughness to the team that is sorely lacking. Let the kid play.

      • lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Carrick will be a star someday…but not yet. He needs time to develop. There’s nothing wrong with letting him do that in the AHL, without risking losing Oleksy.

        Although, by this time of the day, it looks like Oleksy isn’t going to be claimed *all Caps fans breathe sigh of relief*

  2. fivetozeroingame7 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    What else would you expect from the worst organization in professional sports?

    • stcrowe - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      It really does stun me that George McPhee is approaching 17 years at the helm in Washington.

      He reminds me of a quote that Steve Jobs attributed to Gil Amelio, the guy that he replaced at Apple in 1997. He allegedly said that Apple was like a ship with a big load of treasure, and a big hole in its bottom. He said that his job was to get everyone steering the ship in the right direction. But what about the hole?

    • dano8301 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      I think its a bit ridiculous to call them the worst organization in professional sports. They’re only the third worst organization in their own city. I understand you’re angry because I am sure its not easy to wake up every morning and realize you live in New Jersey, but lets try to be at least semi-reasonable with our posts. Are you even remotely aware that the Caps eliminated the rangers from the playoffs in 09 & 11? Pretty impressive for the “worst organization in sports.”

      • spoon9z - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Yes, semi-reasonable and yet I’m sure you’ve NEVER set foot in NJ and just talk out you arse ripping it. Where you from enlightened one? And I even agree that the Caps are not the worst or even in the convo, just pointing out your STUPID example is even more off.

    • dcsportsfan85 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      That’s a ridiculous statement. Yes the caps have underachieved but the fact us fans have high expectations for the team demonstrates things could be much worse. We’ve also made the post season 6 years in a row. That is far from the worst organization in hockey let alone pro sports.

      I’ve been disappoint in the caps as much as anyone but it could be a lot worse. Hopefully this stretch prompts more change to be made bc this team needs a shake up badly.

    • stevefromsacto - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Pure bull. Even the football team in your own town is worse.

    • capsneed2points - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      Have to disagree with you on that one. Even though GMGM has been awful past couple seasons he and Leonsis are responsible for us having this discussion anyway, they put hockey back on the map in DC metro area. As for “one of the worst organizations in sports” DC does have one and it’s not the Caps. While I do agree with Lowenni and Steve because they both make good points, but there is no way the Caps are even near some of the worst organizations in sports but if they keep GMGM I’m afraid you will be right in the near future.

  3. stcrowe - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    There are some real problems in the Caps’ lineup, and this guy is not one of them.

  4. jpelle82 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    another head-scratcher. am i missing something? i dont get why you would get rid of a solid 3rd pair guy in favor of a bunch of ahl’ers when you’re struggling. is kundratek ready? wey? schmidt played ok…carrick has been less than impressive. makes no sense unless a big trade is coming and they need space…

  5. bccaps - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    There better be another shoe dropping.

  6. mattymarts17 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Paging Mr.Snow…. Paging Mr. Snow!!!!

  7. pr0jecktpat - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    This is a horrendous move by GMGM. Oleksy is a solid D-man who goes all out when he is on the ice. As others have stated Erskine is someone who needs to go, not Oleksy. Oleksy is a decent two-way defenseman, who unlike Green actually will cycle back to his defensive post after making a play.

    More disappointment from Caps management, and I fear this isn’t the last of bad moves.

  8. live4hockey - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Gotta love GMGM

  9. capsneed2points - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    The only rookie who should be on the blue line is Schmidt! Erskine blows and I have no idea why he was re- inserted into the lineup at all, Schmidt was playing solid D and just started putting points on the board than Erskine comes back and they send Schmidt packing. That one is all on Oates.

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