Originally posted on NBC Chicago  |  Last updated 11/17/11

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 21: Rostislav Olesz #85 of the Florida Panthers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 21, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Some stories have an ending so clear that you know what they are well before they get there. The Rostislav Olesz story was one, as most fans knew at this acquisition in the Brian Campbell trade that he would end up off the NHL roster -- be it in Rock Vegas or on another team. That's why a lot were clamoring to buy him out when it only would have cost the Hawks $700K. But they didn't, and here we are. The Hawks put Olesz on waivers Wednesday, and after the other 29 teams walked around him, kicked his tires, looked under the hood, and then gagged at the sticker price, he was assigned to Rockford. It's unclear what Olesz does. He's not a scorer, he's not a playmaker, he's not a crasher, and his defensive game is rather "meh". We could have told the Hawks this before he ever laced a skate at training camp, but they wanted a look for themselves. It's hard to know why, there was plenty of scouting reports and game footage. Perhaps the easiest explanation, one we'll never get, is that eith...
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