Tucked in a corner of the Blackhawks' dressing room, adjacent to Marian Hossa's stall, sits Rostislav Olesz's locker.
The winger has been the forgotten man since joining the Hawks in a trade with the Panthers for Brian Campbell on June 24, 2011, a move made more for salary considerations than Olesz's talent.
After appearing in six games without a point in the first five weeks of 2011-12, Olesz and his salary — which carries a cap hit of $3.125 million through 2013-14 — were exiled to Rockford of the AHL.
In April, the 27-year-old suffered a serious right knee injury while playing for the IceHogs. Olesz recently has begun skating with veteran defenseman Steve Montador, who is working his way back from symptoms related to a concussion.
General manager Stan Bowman said he will monitor Olesz's progress before determining if he would get another chance with the Hawks or end up back in Rockford.
Forgotten man Olesz still working way back to Hawks
Chicago Tribune | Feb 26