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Devils waive Olesz

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It appears Rostislav Olesz’s NHL return could be short-lived.

On Monday, the Devils placed Olesz on waivers after he made just 10 appearances for the club, notching two assists and no goals. The 28-year-old Czech — who hadn’t played in the NHL since 2011-12 — inked a deal with New Jersey right at the start of July’s free agency period, agreeing to a one-year, $1 million deal after being bought out by the Blackhawks during the compliance window.

(Should be noted $300,000 of the $1 million deal was a signing bonus contingent upon games played. It’s unclear how many Olesz needed to attain the bonus.)

The seventh overall pick at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Olesz looked like he was on his way to a productive career following two solid seasons in Florida under current Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. Olesz scored a career-high 14 goals in 2009-10, then posted 17 points in 44 games during an injury-shortened 2010-11 campaign.

A good scorer at the AHL level — he had 60 points in 64 games over two seasons with AHL Rockford after the Blackhawks acquired him from Florida — Olesz might get scooped up by a team looking for depth at forward, though his price tag might dissuade clubs from taking a chance.

Devils to face Rangers without Elias, Brunner (update)

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Update: The Devils will indeed play without Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner, according to the Newark-Star Ledger.

The New Jersey Devils’ task of ending their seven-game losing streak got harder this morning.

Two of the team’s top three scorers, forwards Damien Brunner and Patrik Elias, might be forced to miss tonight’s game against the New York Rangers, according to the Bergen Record.

Elias is being regarded as “doubtful” after he missed the team’s morning skate due to the flu. Rostislav Olesz took Elias’ spot on a line with Adam Henrique and Jaromir Jagr during practice and already confirmed that he’s playing. Olesz was scratched for Thursday’s contest and has only participated in three games this season.

Meanwhile Damien Brunner needed to leave Saturday’s practice early for “treatment.”

“He’s just dealing with some nagging stuff, so I would call him a game-time decision,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer explained.

If Brunner ends up missing the contest, then there’s a decent chance that Andrei Loktionov will be inserted into the lineup. As it is, Loktionov isn’t sure if he’ll be asked to play tonight.

This is all in addition to the absence of Ryane Clowe, who is dealing with a head injury.

Of course, the Rangers are missing several key players too, including Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan. Both teams have struggled out of the gate and could badly use these two points, but the Devils are unique in the NHL as the only winless team remaining.

PHT Morning Skate: Devils players with great camps, bad starts

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer says Rostislav Olesz and Adam Larsson had great training camps but are struggling to start the season. (The Star-Ledger)

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One issue Winnipeg’s centers are having? Winning faceoffs. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Looking to show your love of San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl? You know you want a Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl t-shirt. (RedBubble)

Ottawa’s Stephane Da Costa is hoping to get back in against Los Angeles tonight. (Senators Extra)

Anaheim’s Emerson Etem is hoping to be activated for the Ducks home opener. (Los Angeles Times)

Kings coach Darryl Sutter says Jake Muzzin is “struggling a lot.” (L.A. Kings Insider)

Devils officially ink Jagr to one-year deal (Updated with salary)

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The New Jersey Devils have officially announced the signing of veteran forward Jaromir Jagr — a one-year deal with a $2 million base salary.

According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the remainder of the deal is more complex. Jagr gets a $250,000 bonus for every five games played from 10 to 45, meaning there’s potential for an additional $2 million in bonus money.

So all told, the contract could be worth around $4 million for 2013-14.

Rumors of a deal with the Devils have persisted for days. On Monday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported Jagr had agreed to join the club.

New Jersey is the seventh NHL team that Jagr, 41, has played for during his 23-year career after being drafted by Pittsburgh fifth overall at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He’s also spent time in Washington, New York (Rangers), Philadelphia, Dallas and Boston.

As mentioned, no financial details have been reported on the new deal with the Devils, though Jagr made $4.5 million (prorated) in 2013 and $3.3 million in 2011-12 with Philadelphia.

The move to New Jersey makes sense on a number of fronts.

One, the club needed a skill winger with some star power after Ilya Kovalchuk’s shock retirement.

Two, New Jersey has nearly $10 million in available cap space, more than enough to make Jagr a healthy offer.

Three, there’s a certain comfort level for Jagr in Jersey.

The Devils have fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky on the active roster and recently signed another Czech, Rostislav Olesz, to a one-year deal.

New Jersey also signed Jagr’s former Stars teammate, Michael Ryder, earlier this summer.

Jersey bound? Jagr reportedly ‘inspects’ Prudential Center (Update: Agent replies)

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According to Czech news outlet iSport.cz, free agent forward Jaromir Jagr was reportedly in New Jersey this week to “personally inspect” the Prudential Center, the Newark-based arena the Devils call home.

Here’s a Google translation of the iSport article:

It seems that the denouement near future Jaromir Jagr may have, as we reported yesterday iSport.cz server, the name of the New Jersey Devils. It is to this club aimed clues and resources daily Sport.

According to one of them yesterday Czech veteran was actually personally inspect Prudential Center, the home club hall in which it operates and other Czech icon – Patrik Elias. The agreement could occur in the next few hours or days.

Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils. Perhaps over time this connection will actually be a reality. The fact that he was yesterday inspect star striker hall in which the club plays on Twitter speculated yesterday.

Someone striker spotted as in the bowels passes accompanied by Lou Lamoriello, general manager.

The move to New Jersey would make sense on a number of fronts.

One, the club could use a skill winger with some star power after Ilya Kovalchuk’s shock retirement.

Two, New Jersey has nearly $10 million in available cap space, more than enough to make Jagr a healthy offer (the 41-year-old made $3.3 million deal in Philly in 2011-12 and $4.5 million last year in Dallas and Boston.)

Three, there’s a certain comfort level for Jagr in Jersey.

The Devils have fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky on the active roster and recently signed another Czech, Rostislav Olesz, to a one-year deal.

New Jersey also signed Jagr’s former Stars teammate, Michael Ryder, earlier this summer.

UPDATE: According to Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy, Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, would neither confirm nor deny that Jagr was in New Jersey or at the Prudential Center.

Svoboda did say there was “a possibility [Jagr] was there” on Thursday.