Kotalik Requests Trade

January 21, 2010, by

During last night’s Blueshirt Banter Radio, hosted by Blueshirt Banter’s Jim Schmiedeberg and The Mouth, it was made public that Ales Kotalik has requested a trade. If you read this blog, chances are you read Blueshirt Banter too. If you don’t they do a fantastic job at covering the Rangers, especially with their radio shows. Go check it out.

According to the agent, Kotalik has asked for a trade, telling the Rangers he is not happy with the organization, and wants to be traded, released, or he will defect to Russia. Kotalik has allegedly told the Rangers he would like to be traded out west.

Don’t expect Kotalik to be traded, no one wants to take on that contract. I would expect him to be waived, sent to Hartford, where he will be “allowed” to sign with a KHL team. I guess this can be considered good news, it frees up much needed cap space, assuming they find a way to dump him.

Awesome signing Glen. Awesome.

Update 10:10am: When can I say I told you so? Now? Soon?


  1. Mike A. says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but if he does in fact sign with a KHL club after being waived, do the Rangers still have to pay him?

    • Dave says:

      Nope. Either way they wouldn’t have to pay him (I think). I just would expect them to waive him so that they can send him to Hartford and save some additional cap room.

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  3. Jeremy says:

    I’m not opposed. Just wondering how much money the would save (if at all). And if he wants to go out west, is it California west? Or does Russia count as the west?

    • Dave says:

      This year, probably about $1 million in cap space, but $3 million for the next two years.

  4. Adam says:

    This is great news. 3MM off the books for the next two years.

  5. Bettman's Nightmare says:

    Boy, that certainly was a precipitous fall for the guy. I wonder if Glen has taken to reading snark lately.

    More likely, his grandchildren read it to him, because can’t figure out how to turn his dang computer on.

  6. Rob A from BBD says:

    Very good news. I’m excited.

  7. Mikeeyyyyy says:

    I’m not excited about this. We won’t get fair market value for him.

    Maybe get a 4th liner and some salary another team wants to shed. Or maybe some busted prospects. Would be luckey to get any draft picks for him.

    Unless a team out west wants him, would we pass him through waivers? I am sure another team would love to pick him up at 500k for this season and 1.5m for the next two.

    Maybe he should use the time he has not in games to work on his skating a bit more…so that when he gets the opportunity, he plays better.

    I smell a trade with Edmonton.

    • Dave says:

      There is only a discount for re-entry waivers, not regular waivers.

      Honestly, would you rather have $3 million sit on the bench?

  8. Gary says:

    Kotalik for Petr Sykora, he will be a UFA so if it is doesnt work out let him walk. Which should be done even if he plays well. Sykora can be an asset for a young team that will surley make the playoffs.