Titans Lose 4 In Waiver Draft

Matt Stajan, Tomas Holmstrom, Aaron Johnson, and Rostislav Olesz each have new homes.
by Logan Winters | December 17, 2012, 8:07 PM ET

The Toronto Titans lost four players in Sunday night’s Waiver Draft – forwards Matt Stajan, Tomas Holmstrom, and Rostislav Olesz, plus defenseman Aaron Johnson.

“We knew we ran the risk of losing these players, but unfortunately we had to expose some quality players” commented GM Derrick Roslaniec.

Matt Stajan spent his full nine year SICHL career with Toronto after being drafted 38th overall in 2002.  He leads the Titans in career Game-Winning Goals, is second in franchise games played, and fourth in overall goals scored for the franchise.  “Losing Matt is a big blow the Titans’ organization, but we hope he has a good career with the Chicago Tigers.”

The Quebec Canons claimed Tomas Holmstrom, who just finished signing a free agent contract with the Titans.  Holmstrom split last season between Toronto and Nova Scotia, but played the previous four seasons as a Titan.  “Tomas sits 5thoverall on our franchise’s Power Play Goals list, and he was a great leader for us in the past.  We were really looking forward to his presence back in the locker-room, but the ‘Waiver Draft’ struck again.”

Defenseman Aaron Johnson now belongs to the Havana Revolution after an odd time in Toronto.  Johnson had 41 points in 2009-2010, spent 2010-11 in the minors, then had two stints with Toronto last season (’11-12).  Add to that, Toronto matched an off-season offer sheet for Johnson, but lost him just as easily to Havana.  “We really liked what Aaron brought to the team, but the truth is he would have served as an injury replacement this season.  We owed it to him to have a chance to play regularly elsewhere.”

The Edmonton Supersonics were the claimers of Rostislav Olesz in the second round of the Waiver Draft.  “Olesz only played a handful of games for us last season, and although he was a point-per-game player for us, we didn’t expect him to get claimed.  Kind of caught us by surprise.”

The Titans didn’t claim any players in the draft, but with a few player buyouts after the draft, they now sit comfortably under the league’s new 100-player cap limit.

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