Rangers' Kotalik blocking trade to Calgary


The trade that last night seemed imminent, in which the Rangers would have received Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Flames in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins, remains on hold because Kotalik has yet to waive his limited no-trade clause that includes Calgary, a well-connected source has told The Post.

Kotalik, who somehow was able to wrangle a three-team no-trade clause in the three-year, $9 million free-agent contract he signed this summer, has told GM Glen Sather he needs time to ponder his options.

And he’s taking all of it.

The Rangers, who defeated the Avalanche 3-1 here last night, sent Kotalik home following Saturday night’s game in Phoenix after telling him that he would be dealt. Kotalik, who fell quickly out of favor with head coach John Tortorella, has been scratched from eight of the past nine, including last night.

Previous reports that Matt Gilroy was originally included in the trade have been vigorously disputed by reliable sources and appear to have no validity.

Jokinen is scheduled to be in the Flames lineup tonight for their home game against the Flyers. It is not known whether Calgary GM Darryl Sutter will move forward with the trade if, in fact, Kotalik consents.