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Rostislav Olesz | Winger | #45

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 214
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (7) / FLA

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Rostislav Olesz's contract with the New Jersey Devils has been terminated.
He cleared unconditional waivers on Thursday. Olesz didn't have wait long to find a job elsewhere, as he promptly signed on with SC Bern to play in Switzerland. Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:37:00 PM

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The New Jersey Devils and Rostislav Olesz have agreed to part ways if he successfully clears waivers.

Olesz already cleared waivers once this month, so that seems likely. It sounds like the 28-year-old forward has the option to play in Switzerland and he would prefer that to AHL Albany.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz is on waivers.

Olesz has a goal and four points in five AHL games this season. He also has two assists in 10 contests with New Jersey.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz has successfully cleared waivers.

Olesz has been sent down to the minors as a result. He has two assists in 10 games this season.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 01:09:00 PM

It's not a given that Rostislav Olesz will be sent to the minors if he clears waivers on Tuesday.

The New Jersey Devils have a long list of injured players and GM Lou Lamoriello wants to have some more flexibility. Putting Olesz on waivers gives him more options, but he hasn't made a decision yet.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Rostislav Olesz has been waived by New Jersey.

He has no goals and two assists in 10 games this season. Olesz was bought out by the Chicago Blackhawks this past summer prior to signing a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 01:43:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz will make his season debut Tuesday.

It will mark his first NHL appearance since Nov. 13, 2011 with Chicago against Edmonton. He will replace Ryan Carter in the lineup.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 05:56:00 PM

Devils coach Pete DeBoer likes what Rostislav Olesz can bring to the table.

"I don't like to put numbers on players. For me, this guy is an NHL player," DeBoer said. "He scored double digit goals two or three times in his career, so he is capable of that. He's capable of making plays with the puck. He's a big body. He's one of those guys who can play either wing. I think he can kill penalties and maybe chip in on the power play. There is a lot there to like." Olesz shouldn't be expected to be much of a factor in fantasy leagues though.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:14:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz thought he was merely "OK" on Friday, as he adjusts to life with the New Jersey Devils.

The 28-year-old essentially lost a couple seasons to injury, so it's understandable that he's rusty. "I’m trying to learn a different system, different forecheck and trying to find a way to play with the guys because it was my second day on the ice and I was with two different guys," Olesz said. "Everyone is playing a little bit different. … so I’m trying to figure that out."
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Devils coach Pete DeBoer is keeping an "open mind" as far as what Rostislav Olesz's role with the New Jersey Devils might be.

DeBoer previously coached Olesz in Florida. "He’s an intriguing guy. He was a seventh overall pick. He has a lot of tools in the toolbox, so to speak," DeBoer said. "He’s big, he’s powerful, he has a skill level. When I had him in Florida I felt he was a guy who would play in your top six or bottom six. He was responsible defensively and killed penalties for me. He has enough skill that he could be on the power play in certain situations." Olesz didn't play in the NHL last season, but the Devils took a chance on him by signing him to a one-way, one-year contract.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 07:44:00 PM

The Devils hope Rostistlav Olesz comes in hungry.

"Olesz played for Pete DeBoer in Florida. He's a former No. 1 pick," general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "We know enough about him. He's big and strong. I think he wants to rejuvinate his career," Lamoriello said. "He's coming in on a one-year situation." Olesz had 19 points in 14 games in the AHL last season.
Source: NY Post
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 10:28:00 AM

New Jersey has brought Rostislav Olesz into the fold on a one-year contract.

Olesz was bought out by Chicago. He had 19 points in 14 games with AHL Rockford this past season.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 01:31:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz has successfully cleared waivers.

Olesz was put through that because the Blackhawks intend to buy out his contract. His deal comes with a $3.125 million cap hit through the 2013-14 campaign.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 12:31:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz will be bought out by Chicago if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

He has appeared in just six games with the Blackhawks in the past two seasons and didn't skate in any NHL contests during the lockout-shortened campaign. Olesz played in 14 games with AHL Rockford in 2013 after he recovered from a serious knee injury.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Rostislav Olesz has been assigned to the minors by Chicago.

He has suited up in a game yet with the Blackhawks this season because of a knee injury. He will attempt to work his way back into game shape in the AHL, but it's not clear if he'll get a big-league shot this year.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 02:20:00 PM

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