It’s Official

I went to bed last night, so I wasn’t awake to get this post up when it happened. The trade is official. The Rangers have acquired Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from Calgary in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins. In the end, Jokinen essentially replaces Higgins in the lineup, as Kotalik had been a healthy scratch for the…

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Assuming Jokinen Is A Ranger, What’s Next?

We can’t be entirely sure if Olli Jokinen will be a Ranger, but signs are pointing that way. As a refresher, the deal was: Jokinen and Brandon Prust to Broadway, and Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins going out to Calgary. I love this deal. Jokinen, who is essentially replacing Higgins, since Kotalik doesn’t play anymore, is a very good player,…

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Rangers Acquire Olli Jokinen

The Rangers are in the process of finalizing a deal with the Calgary Flames, a deal that would see Olli Jokinen come to Broadway in exchange for Ales Kotalik and one of Christopher Higgins or Matt Gilroy. More details to come. Update 10:22pm: Matt Gilroy will not be involved in the deal. Update 10:25pm:The final deal will be Ales Kotalik…

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Kotalik (To Be) Traded

Larry Brooks is reporting that Ales Kotalik has been traded. Details to come. will be traded.

Kotalik Back on Point

Jim Cerny is reporting that Ales Kotalik, a healthy scratch for six in a row, is back on the point on the first powerplay unit. He will likely be back in the lineup tomorrow. If I had to guess who he replaces, I’ll go with Brashear. Voros and Lisin have earned the right to stay in the lineup for at…

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Kotalik Requests Trade

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…

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Kotalik, Brashear Scratched Again

Andrew Gross is reporting that Ales Kotalik and Donald Brashear will be scratched again tonight against Tampa Bay. This will be the third straight game that the Rangers have $4.4 million in cap hits sitting in the Prucha box. There has to be a better way to spend that money.

Food for Thought: Buying Out Kotalik

When Glen Sather signed Ales Kotalik over the summer to a three year deal at $3 million per season, I cringed. I was really hoping for one more year of Nik Zherdev, I think his presence this year would have really helped the Rangers. Alas, we were stuck with Kotalik, and now we have $3 million sitting in the Prucha…

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Kotalik, Brashear Scratched

As per Andrew Gross, Ales Kotalik will be scratched tonight for the third time this season. Kotalik has been even less than I thought he would be, which is tough because I didn’t expect much. Donald Brashear will be a scratch tonight also, and Chad Johnson will make his second start of his career. Enver Lisin and Aaron Voros, who…

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Garrioch: Higgins/Kotalik on the Block

According the Bruce “Malkin to the Kings” Garrioch, the Rangers are actively trying to move underachieving forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik. NY RANGERS: New York has been trying to move potential UFA W Chris Higgins, who only has four goals and six assists in 36 games this season. The Rangers don’t have any complaints about his effort, but he’s…

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