Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kotalik Leaves Rangers; Awaits Trade To New Team

Update: According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Kotalik is about to be traded to Calgary along with Chris Higgins in exchange for Jokinen and Brandon Prust [Link]

Update: Brooks has updated the story via Twitter stating that "Rangers tentaive deal to move Kotalik fell through due to complications". We'll just have to wait and see what happens now.

Rumored that the complication is that Kotalik has a partial NMC or NTC (like I had mentioned earlier below)


Last week we wrote that the Rangers were shopping Ales Kotalik. It is now confirmed that this rumor was in fact accurate.

According to Larry Brooks this evening:
Ales Kotalik has left the Rangers after being told that he would be traded, The Post has learned.
Kotalik, the 32-year-old winger who was signed to a three-year, $9M free agent contract this summer, accompanied the Blueshirts to Phoenix for the first game of their three-game western tour but did not accompany his teammates here for tonight's match against the Avalanche.
Head coach John Tortorella did not inform the media of Kotalik's departure in his pre-game press briefing, only stating that the winger would be scratched for the eighth time in the last nine games.

There's going to be lots of speculating and rumors floating around until a deal gets done. At this time it's uncertain if the Rangers actually have a trade partner, are close to a deal or just simply told Kotalik that they are attempting to make a deal. One would imagine though that if Kotalik was informed that something is close to being done. Although it's possible that Sather had to discuss a possible trade with Kotalik because Kotalik has a partial "no-trade" clause in his contract.

Toronto who made two major moves earlier today could be a possible destination. After all, they don't have much depth on their roster as far as forwards go. The Rangers could be interested in Garnet Exelby, who will be a UFA this summer, who the Leafs intend to trade prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.

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