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.


6 Responses to Rangers' Kotalik blocking trade to Calgary

  1. the_word says:

    Jokinen isn't a scratch tonight? Awkward…

  2. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Ouch, all of this talk about "nobody wanting to play in Edmonton"……Well, this is kinda funny. Ales Kotalik was willing to come play for the Oilers, but isn't willing to play for the Calgary Flames………BURN!!!!

    BTW, Oilers losing streak is over……..I know it's not much, but finally the streak ends……..Now, let's get back to the "Fall for Hall" Woooo!!!!

  3. KingVilly91 says:

    Trade Just Went Down!!!!!

  4. Kramer says:

    The Leafs need to make 2 more big trades.

  5. albertateams says:

    This trade doesn't really make much sense to me. Sure Jokinen is a free agent and Calgary wasn't going to sign him but to get rid of him and Purst for Kotalik and Higgins I just don't get it and to have Olli and Prust play in the midst of  this , I really don't get . Calgary had  4 guys last night  who their total expierence with new line mates d pairings was the morning skate and two guys who knew they were packing there bags in the morning. Its no wonder they lost. They lose long term salary:

    Phaneuf (6.5) 4 yrs
    Olli (5.25) UFA
    Prust (0.50) RFA
    Sjostrom (0.75) 1 yr

    Higgins (2.25) UFA
    Kotalik (3.0) 2yrs
    Stajan (1.75) UFA
    Hagman (3.0) 2 yrs
    Mayers (1.33) UFA
    White (0.85) RFA

    12.18 salary in 13.0 out. It frees up a little money but unless there is another deal whats the point. I would have rather traded Olli for picks/prospects plus an expiring contract than have that money tied up in Kotalik.

  6. FlamingHomer says:

    I thought you would be a Canuck fan by now.

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