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 previous eight of nine, and was going to be for the foreseeable future. The Rangers also get some much needed grit and fighting ability in the young Prust.

The Rangers don’t lost lose (me no speak englis) much in Kotalik, but Higgins’ departure will be felt more than people realize. Higgins did a lot more for the Rangers than what showed up on the scoreboard, but the final decision is that the Rangers need scoring, not gritty forwards.

In terms of salary, Prust is an RFA at the end of the year, and makes a minimal salary. Jokinen, making $5.25 million, is a UFA at the end of the year, and will likely not be re-signed. The Rangers shed Kotalik’s $3 million for the next two seasons. Higgins is a UFA.

Grade this trade as a win for Sather. He addressed two holes while dealing from spare parts. Well done.

Update 9:05am: Matchsticks and Gasoline (main Flames blog) is really pissed. When you think about it, they traded Matt Lombardi, Brandon Prust, James Vandermeer, and a 1st round pick for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins. Ouch.

Update 9:30am: The Depth Chart has been updated to reflect the trade.

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  • Couple of things make this trade interesting…and not on the skill/team improvement side.

    As per Jim Cerny, he said he had heard the deal was held up because Calgary wanted Jokinen in the line vs Philly, what the fuck is that?

    Secondly, Sather continues to be a master tradesman. His FA signing seem to far, far less than his ability to make trades and get value with giving up the least amount possible. How does that happen?

    Can Messier be the GM for draft and FA signings but just keep Sather on for trades?

  • It’s two different skill sets to read the FA market and to read the trade market. It’s clear where Sather excels.

  • Shock this deal went on! To make the deal fair the rangers should of thrown in a low draft pick or a low grade prospect, nice work rangers

  • Personally I don’t feel this team is going to make much noise come playoff time, if they get there.

    So Prust alone for Higgins and Kotalik just to get the cap room is a win, in my opinion. Jokinen just makes it that much sweeter.

  • Prust is going to be the gem of this trade. He’s young and can fight well. Maybe we will luck out and Brashear will defect to Russia, since Prust essentially replaces him.

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