19 thoughts on “Olesz Named AHL Player of the Week

  1. At what point if any does he get called up to play with the Big club? How much can his knees take? If he comes up where does he play? 4th line with Shaw and Frolik?

  2. I would imagine he only gets called up if someone gets hurt. I don’t see where he fits in with a healthy roster.

    Ideally he keeps playing well and they can ship him off for a 4th or 5th round pick come draft time.

  3. Olesz will probably not play in the NHL this year unless you see him in the next 3 or 4 games. Why call up a guy who has not practiced with the Hawks. Unfortunately he has a double whammy. A $3.125mm cap hit AND his salary next year is a whooping $4.25mm. I don’t see anyone wanting him with that kind of Cap and salary commitment.

    He, and Monty, are one of the reasons SB could not make a deal for a quality long term player. Their cap hits hurt a bit more with the new CBA. Burying a player costs money against the cap now.

    Next year the Hawks have $58mm committed to 16 players and the cap is reduced from $70mm to $64mm. That leaves about $6mm left in the cap. Kruger, Stalberg, Bickell, Leddy, Rosival, Emery and Handzus are all needing new contracts. $6mm ain’t gonna make it.

  4. Honestly, he would fit in perfectly… If his speed is ok… if he is at least as fast/slow as Zus- I think he could fit in nicely on the Playoff roster. Big body, goes to the net, and unlike 4th line 16-13-67… he can finish!!!

    But it is all about his speed/quickness… if he is as “Rigid” as Hayes- He will not fit!!!

    Mike- as far as cap next year- Every team has 2 guys they can eliminate for cap reasons… so that means Monty and Rusty= another 6 Mill$$ + the 6Mill they have…
    so 12 Mill to go to our Free Agents.

    Really- best thing that could happen is- Rusty plays in playoffs- does well- Hawks win-
    SB trades Rusty for a pick or two and dumps his Salary….

  5. Its nice to see him have some success, but Im with JS… he just doesn’t crack the roster when we are healthy. And thats not a knock on him, as it is a praise to how well the bottom 6 has played. Like Wall said, best case scenerio is that we find a team with cap and salary dump him for a low pick. (I think NYI and OTT both have plenty of space if im remembering correctly).

  6. You cant buy out Monty out of books. Its just for players who has salary over 3 milion per year. Monty is a bit cheeper. I quest that Bowman will buy out Olesz and Oduya,hes our 6/7 defensmaon now.

  7. I think Oduya is a more likely 2014 buyout candidate than this summer; remember, Rozsival’s gone and Brookbank is a 7th d-man. Unless the organization is willing to give Stanton a shot (which I would be in favor of), you can’t let a 18-22 min/gm d-man go. He could bring something back in a trade.

  8. On a side note, part of me can’t help but think that one of those 2 buyouts may be resevered for Hossa (100% hypothetical).

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but if I remember correctly, under the new CBA if a player on a long contact retires prior to the end of his contract, the Team is charged the remaining salary (divided evenly) for the remaining years. So as in Hossa’s case, he is in his 15th year and is 34 years old with 8 more years on the books. That contract holds an even cap hit around 5.3M a year. The actual contract was written to be front loaded to prevent a huge cap hit late in his career.

    If Hossa finishes this contact he would have played 23 seasons (something that is HIGHLY unlikely). The convential thought would be that Hossa wont play more than 5 more years tops (and with an growing injury history i think 3 is MUCH more likely). Most players retire between 36-40. But even if we get 5 more years out of him would still leave 3 additional years of that hit againest the books for him not to be in a Hawks sweater.

    If I was SB, I would be working closely with Hossa to organize using the buyout the year he wants to retire. We have lots of kids coming up who have low entry contracts… so we can afford Hossa for now. But come 2015 and beyond, we will need new contracts for Kane and Toews, as well as Saad, Clendening, Danualt, etc. Having a ability to cut 5 mil of the books then, might be a better use of the buyout, as opposed to 3Mil this year.

    Any thoughts on this?

  9. I’m wondering who has a better chance of contributing this postseason Rusty or Monty,….I’m guessing neither.

  10. As for Hossa couldn’t he just be rostered or buried in the minors and remain on the books as a scratched player? I’m sure the Hawks are actively working on an agreement with Hossa about him finishing his career as a Blackhawk.

  11. Sharp is back tonight. It will interesting to see how him, Kruger and Kane look together.

    Also Emery gets the call tonight. Looks like Emery is getting his shot to impress Q and win the job.

  12. Yep Q didn’t say it’s an audition but he didn’t say Corey was number 1. My guess if Emery keeps doing well he’s the guy.

  13. Hossa earned his say in how he finishes as a Hawk.

    Dump Monte and Rusty sign the majority of the players. I think they looked good last just too much passing. they look great this year and are in synch. Next year will even be better as they continue to gel, a tough guy away from a dynasty. Bring John Scott back.

  14. Hope Sharp plays Friday… due to the shoulder to the boards- late game Wild…

    If not- could be a bad sign that Shoulder Injury isn’t going away… and off season surgery will be on the horizon… and won’t be near 100% for playoffs.

    If he doesn’t play- Hawks need to audition Morin or Olesz and see if either is ready for Prime time/Cup run.

  15. Wall that is my big fear with him and Hossa. But listening to him after the game he said he feels fine. We’ll see, keep fingers crossed.

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