Kotalik Has a No-TradeAugust 6, 2009, by
The only rational explanation for this is that the Rangers were bidding with another team, and needed to use the NTC as leverage over the mystery team. I am guessing this is a limited no trade clause, much like those given to Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, and Marian Gaborik, in which he will give the Rangers a list of teams that he will/will not accept a trade to.
I don’t like NTCs, especially for players that I am already skeptical about, but it is what it is. No use crying over spilled milk.
The NMCs/NTCs page has been updated to reflect this.