Monday, June 30, 2008

Rusty Olesz Signs 6 Year Contract!

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Rostislav Olesz to a multi-year contract.
Sources says it's a six-year, $18.75 million deal with an annual salary cap hit of $3.125 million.
He was scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
Olesz, picked 7th overall in the 2004 draft by the Panthers, was on the verge of a breakout season but was hampered by a hand injury most of the year. He ended up with 14 goals, 12 assists and 26 points in 56 games.
Olesz had surgery after injuring his hand early in the season and missed 14 games. He missed 12 more games due to the hand later in the season , but returned to score 7 goals in his next 15 games before struggling down the stretch.
In 190 NHL games, all with the Panthers, Olesz has 33 goals and 44 assists for 77 points. He also has a +1 rating despite never playing on a playoff team.

Love the length, Hate the cost. I think they overpaid but oh well he is here for 6 years, lets hope he turns out to be a bargin!


Stanley C. said...

He's 22, so he should be a Panther through his prime years. The Cats also signed Greg Campbell for 2 years. Big day tomorrow as free agency starts. We'll see what JM has in store... if anything. Can't we just start the season already??!

FloridaPanthers4ever said...

Yea, I dont know how excited most panther fans will be once they realize that JM did not do nething tomorrow lol. I dont see this team as a scoring threat but the Defense better be all it should be or else this team might be rock bottom once again

< that would be an awesome thing because then we will have our Tavarez. To be honest if we had the top pick, JM would prob draft that Dman rated higher than Tavarez. I would then blow up the BAC. lol