VANCOUVER, British Columbia --The Chicago Blackhawks placed Rostislav Olesz on waivers Wednesday.
The winger, who was acquired from the Florida Panthers on June 24 in exchange for defenseman Brian Campbell, had no points and was a minus-1 in six games with the Hawks this season. The former first-round draft pick was a scratch for 12 games this season.
"He didn't get a ton of opportunities," coach Joel Quenneville said following the Hawks' morning skate at Rogers Arena. "His opportunity was limited but I guess sometimes you earn your opportunities as you go along here. His production ... he hasn't produced probably at the rate--and I'm not necessarily talking production--but his overall game maybe we were looking for more."
Teams have 24 hours to claim Olesz and if the 26-year-old isn't picked up by another team could be headed to Rockford of the American Hockey League.
The acquisition of Olesz allowed the Hawks to rid themselves of Campbell's $7 million-plus salary per season. 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.
Quenneville said the team could recall a player to replace Olesz and keep carrying 23 players on the roster.
"That's an option," Quenneville said.
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