Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rangers Set To Acquire Jokinen From Flames

Late Monday night the trade was made official. Full details here

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Update (Monday Evening): 
Darren Dreger reporting that "Flames-Rangers trade very much alive. Could be finalized following Calgary's game with the Flyers"
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Update (Monday Morning):

According to Bob McKenize:
It is expected that Olli Jokinen will be in the Calgary Flames' lineup when they play tonight in Calgary against the Philadelphia Flyers. Brandon Prust may also be in the lineup but it could be Brian McGrattan instead.

In any case, it is clear that the deal that looked on Sunday night as though it was agreed to - Jokinen and Prust to the New York Rangers in exchange for Chris Higgins and Alex Kotalik - is not going to happen over the course of today.

It's obviously possible the deal may not get done at all, but the mere fact that one or both players are in the Flames' lineup tonight doesn't mean for certain it won't get done either.
Mckenzie also went on to say that sources claim that Kotalik is holding up the deal is false. The source says that the Rangers were capable of making the trade but the Flames have held it up for some reason or other.

Stay tuned
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Update: As of midnight Sunday, the deal has not been completed and there are now rumors surfacing that this deal is being held up and may not be completed. No official word as to why. Some speculation that a "partial no-trade clause" that Ales Kotalik is said to have may be tying up the deal. However, Darren Dreger hinting that somehow the Flames may be delaying the deal. Larry Brooks is the latest to post his opinion, stating that it looks like Higgins was a last minute request after the teams had already worked out a deal. 

Another theory for the delay, is according to Sportsnet -  Kotalik’s limited no-trade clause lists 3 teams he can not be traded to without his permission and Calgary is one of them. So the trade is pending Kotalik's approval.
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Darren Dreger of TSN saying "Expected to be Jokinen, Prust for Kotalik and Higgins."

A look at the contract situations:
  • Ales Kotalik has 2 more years left on his contract after this season, each season for $3M.
  • Chris Higgins is currenty on a one year deal that pays him $2.25M this season, he'll be a UFA come July.
  • Brandon Prust who is in the final year of his two year contract, is making $525K this season and will be an RFA this summer.
  • Olli Jokinen is also in the final year of his four year contract, currently making $5.25M and will be a UFA this summer.
Bottom line, from a Rangers perspective is they got Ales Kotalik's $3M cap hit off the books for the next two seasons. If they decide to re-sign Prust and/or Jokinen then so be it, but Sather's primary purpose here was to get some cap space cleared in my opinion.


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