Blackhawks waive winger Olesz

VANCOUVER, British Columbia --The

Chicago Blackhawks


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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