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Hawks’ Rostislav Olesz doesn’t play against Panthers

Updated: December 6, 2011 8:21AM



SUNRISE, Fla. — Lost amid the hoopla surrounding Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg playing against the Blackhawks for the first time Thursday was that Rostislav Olesz didn’t get a chance to play against the Florida Panthers.

Olesz, whom the Panthers selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft, was a healthy scratch again. He has played in only two games for the Hawks this season.

Even with Daniel Carcillo suspended for two games, defenseman John Scott got the nod over Olesz at wing. What does Olesz, who scored 57 goals in six seasons with the Panthers, have to do to crack the Hawks’ lineup?

‘‘He’s working hard in practice; he’s doing what he can to get a chance to play,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘We look at it as we want to get him in there, but we’ve been rolling along here good, and we like the makeup of our lines right now.’’

On the record

Campbell, on whether Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has put together a team that’s going in the right direction:

‘‘He brought in a lot of quality guys. The locker room is a lot of fun, just like it was in Chicago with him [at] the helm. It’s not walking on eggshells around here. It’s go play hockey [and] work hard. That’s what he expects — and have a lot of fun.

‘‘The best thing with Dale is you can say what you want to say and express your opinion, and you’re not walking around intimidated by anybody or scared to go out there and do anything. It’s just a fun atmosphere.’’



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