Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by VanCanuck, Apr 24, 2004.
He was traded to Sparta Prague for Roman Simicek, a former NHLer (Pit. Min) about a month ago.
Damn if we could only make that trade...in the NHL
Do you think there is a possibility that Vitkovice knew that Olesz will try to go to North America as soon as possible and so they have tried to obtain a bit of sporting value by trading him before the draft?
Wow - never heard of player trades in a european league before.. any more details? And a month ago? How come noone picked this up earlier?
It happens now and then in the SEL too.
Well. It's difficult to get more details because Sparta Prague doesn't have an english homepage. !! It was said here along the board that their new coach wanted Olesz to push the club's reputation in NA. I don't know why?
He was traded for Roman Simicek, who started his hockey career in Vitkovice. He played for Sparta this year but did not perform as well as everyone thought he would and at the end of the season he announced he wanted to go back to Vitkovice to end his career in this team. So, Vitkovice traded Olesz, who would probably leave to NHL next year anyway and got Simicek, somewhat a franchise player. Sparta got rid of the player who was not performing and would leave the team anyway for the CHANCE of getting a young, greatly talented Olesz for at least one season. Many believe it was not at all good trade for Sparta.
It was more like an arrangement of two transfers to which they had the players' consent than a trade. Either that or the Bosman rule will come as a shock to the Czechs next week like a MacInnis slapshot to the head. :bonk: