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Hawks wave Olesz



The Hawks placed Rostislav Olesz on waivers today. NHL teams have 24 hours to claim Olesz and if he isn't picked up by another team could be headed to Rockford of the AHL.

Olesz was aquired when the Hawks traded Campbell and his $7 million-plus salary per season to Florida. If Olesz heads to Rockford, the Hawks would still be on the hook for his salary of $3.4 million, but would gain $3,125,000 of cap room. This is important as I expect Bowman is looking for another D-Man to secure the blue line or another scorer (center) to help the power play.

With Olesz waived, I expect Brandon Saad to join the team and fill the 23rd roster spot.


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The primary reason the Hawks traded for Olesz was to dump Soupy's $7MM salary on the Panthers. The team needed cap space to sign Barnett, Carcillo, Mantador, Crawford, etc. Bowman knew at the time of taking on Olesz's contract that the chance of him staying on the roster was slim to none. Is he overpaid? Yes, but the Hawks have benefited by removing themselves from Soupy's $7MM salary for the next 4 seasons. And Olesz's contract isup at the end of the season.

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