Lou says this is for "roster flexibility"
Lamoriello said he wanted “roster flexibility for different situations.”
“The reason is very simplistic: to give me flexibility to bring in any type of player I want,” he said. “That doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to go down. We’ll just see what happens on the waivers.”
(If Olesz clears waivers, he could play in up to 10 games or remain on the roster up to 30 days and still be sent down without being put through waivers again. After 10 games played or 30 days on the roster, he would have to clear waivers again to be sent down.)
Olesz, 28, has no goals and two assists in 10 games with the Devils this season.
He signed a one-year contract with the Devils as an unrestricted free agent on July 5. That deal includes a $700,000 base salary and he can earn up to $300,000 more in games-played bonuses: $100,000 if he plays in 60 games and an additional $100,000 at the 70- and 80-game marks.
Lamoriello was careful to say that the decision to place Olesz on waivers was not an indication he was being singled out for playing poorly.
“He’s done everything asked of him,” Lamoriello said. “He works, he does everything, so we can’t be critical of him. At this time when you’ve got injuries, different people have to step their game up and it’s not only him. There are other people that haven’t.”