Rumor Killer: Krzysztof Oliwa Not a Coyote
If you’ve seen some transaction lists lately, you might think that Krzysztof Oliwa was claimed off of waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes. Eurohockey.net and Slam Sports have it on their transaction lists. Even NHL-centric TSN has the transaction listed on their player page for Oliwa, and Phoenix listed as his team when you search for players. However, the move isn’t anywhere to be found on nhl.com and ESPN looks like it got something hockey-related right, at least by not having it on their transaction list.
A Coyotes rep has told me reports of the claim are inaccurate, the ‘Yotes have not picked up Oliwa off of waivers from the Devils.
Oliwa cleared waivers on Oct 25th and was sent to the AHL, but not the Albany River Rats, the Devils’ AHL affiliate. From the Oct 27th Star-Ledger:
Left winger Krzysztof Oliwa, who cleared waivers Tuesday, was initially assigned to Albany. However, after having a conversation with general manager Lou Lamoriello, the Devils will look to assign him to an AHL team affiliated with another organization.
“We’ll see if he can be assigned somewhere where other people can look at him,” Lamoriello said. “Maybe a team that had been interested in him. That way they can see him every day. I’ve given him the freedom to talk to anybody.”