FLAMES, RANGERS TO ANNOUNCE JOKINEN-KOTALIK DEAL
Sources tell TSN the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames are expected to announce a trade that will send Calgary centre Olli Jokinen and forward Brandon Prust to the Rangers in exchange for forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
Jokinen was originally acquired by Calgary from the Phoenix Coyotes at last year’s trade deadline. The 31-year old veteran has 11 goals and 24 assists in 55 games with the Flames this season.
Prust, 25, will potentially land in New York after taking a circuitous route between Calgary and Phoenix so far in his career. He was drafted by the Flames in the third round of the 2004 draft, and was traded to Phoenix at last year’s trade deadline in the deal that brought Jokinen to Calgary. Prust was then traded back to the Flames last summer for Jim Vandermeer. The native of London, Ontario has one goal and four assists in 42 games this season in Calgary.
Kotalik, 31, had been sent home from New York’s road trip earlier on Sunday after being told by the team that he would be traded. He has been scratched by head coach John Tortorella in eight of the club’s last nine games. Kotalik was signed to a three-year, $9 million deal as a free agent by New York last summer.