Oleksy was dealt to the Leafs along with Eric Fehr and a fourth-rounder at Wednesday's trade deadline, with Frank Corrado coming back to the Penguins, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports. A little-used piece of the Penguins' blue line, he'll likely now become a little-used piece of the Leafs' blue line. There's nothing to see here for fantasy purposes.
Oleksy was recalled from the minors Friday. Injuries to Olli Maatta (hand) and Justin Schultz (undisclosed) have created a void on the Pens' blue line. In order to plug the gap, Oleksy was called up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton along with Cameron Gaunce. It is unclear who might slot into the lineup for Friday's matchup with Columbus, but Oleksy is probably the favorite considering he has the most NHL experience.
Oleksy was placed on waivers Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Oleksy going on waivers may be an indication that Kris Letang (knee) is ready to return against the Bruins on Thursday. The 30-year-old Oleksy has been a healthy scratch for the Pens' previous six contests, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the team is looking to move him back down to the minors. If Oleksy goes unclaimed off the wire, he will likely be reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Oleksy drew a fighting major for the second time in as many games Friday. He skated on the right side of a third pair with Ian Cole. Coach Mike Sullivan called Oleksy a "great character guy" following Friday's contest. He saw a team-low 21 defensive shifts, but fantasy owners desperate for penalty minutes might consider the former Capitals player.
Oleksy tallied an assist and registered a plus-1 rating Saturday against the Devils. He replaced Brian Dumoulin and gave Pittsburgh a physical presence lacking in the defensive zone. While it's unknown whether coach Mike Sullivan will keep him active for Wednesday, he helped his stock Saturday and set himself up for more future action.
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