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Jokinen Must Adjust Quickly

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

While his new linemates Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal both suggested that it would naturally take time to develop chemistry with Olli Jokinen, the Rangers’ new Finnish center implied that he didn’t get much of it from the Flames.

“Everyone says, ‘Give it time, give it time,’ but I got 75 games in Calgary, if that’s a lot,” Jokinen said before last night’s 2-1 loss to the Kings.

Jokinen was acquired last March by the Flames from Phoenix before being sent to the Rangers late Monday night with Brandon Prust for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik.

“We don’t have time to wait,” he said. “There are six games until the Olympic break. We have to start getting used to each other tonight [last night]. It has to start tonight [last night] so I can show my teammates and management they made a good move.”

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Rangers Steal From The Flames

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

In plain Brooklynese, the Blueshirts got something for nothing. Actually, you can make that plural; SOMETHINGS for zippo. Zero. Zilch.

Face it, the total value of Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins to New York was something akin to minus-the-radical-50. Translated: nothing!

Kotalik was so deep in John Tortorella’s doghouse, AK couldn’t even smell the biscuits.

As for Long Islander Higgins, Christopher arrived on Seventh Avenue with appropriate fuss and fanfare and simply proved to suffer a build-up to a letdown. No more; no less. He failed the club in every possible way and the fact that the Rangers could obtain two appropriate assets in exchange borders on the astonishing.

In the proper setting – which is The Big Apple – Jokinen will thrive, as he has in the not-too-distant past.

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Flames Panic

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In all, the Flames will have turned over a third of their roster in the past 48 hours, a move that smacks of panic.

Jokinen and Prust both played in the loss to the Flyers, an odd gamble considering that if either had been injured, it would have likely scuttled the transaction.

“You’ve got to play hard every time you go on the ice, no matter what distractions you have,” Jokinen said. “You play for that sweater, that logo in front of you, until they tell you you’re no longer part of the team.

“I just got the news, I’m not part of the team any more, so I’ve got to turn the page and move on. Obviously, 11 months ago when I got traded over here, I was very excited. I was hoping I could stay here for the rest of my career. But it’s a cruel business and that’s the way it goes. It comes with the salary. If you make $5-million, 11 goals is not going to cut it, so ….

“It’s definitely a slap in the face to get traded.”

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The Rangers/Flames Trade Watch

via Daren Millard’s Twitter,

Trade call is going to go through. Calgary and the Rangers much talked about deal

added 12:40pm, via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Cgy-NYR trade call is happening now. Deal is exactly as @DarrenDreger reported it last night - Jokinen/Prust for Higgins/Kotalik.

added 12:45pm, There is some talk the trade may not be officially announced until tomorrow morning so I am going to bed.

I have to be up at 5:00am so I need some sleep.

addded 6:14am,

CALGARY, AB – Calgary Flames’ General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik from the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

Higgins, a native of Smithtown, NY is playing in his fifth NHL season. Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, 14th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Higgins was traded to the New York Rangers on June 30, 2009. During his first three seasons in the NHL, the 6’0”, 205lbs left winger has surpassed the 20 goal mark (23, 22 and 27). In 337 career NHL games, Higgins has notched 165 points from 90 goals and 75 assists.

added 6:31am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The key player in the deal for the offense-challenged Blueshirts is Jokinen, the very talented 31-year-old center who has scored 34 goals or more in four seasons, but who also has a terrible reputation around the league as a selfish player who also is a bad teammate.

GM Glen Sather did well to move Kotalik, whom he signed to a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract over the summer who but fell quickly out of favor with head coach John Tortorella and became a shell of himself over the last month.

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Report- The Rangers/Flames Trade Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The trade that last night seemed imminent in which the Rangers would have received Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Flames in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins remains on hold because Kotalik has yet to waive his limited no-trade clause that includes Calgary, a well connected source has told The Post.

Kotalik, who somehow was able to wrangle a three-team no-trade clause in the three-year, $9M free agent contract he signed this summer, has told GM Glen Sather he needs time to ponder his options.

And he’s taking all of it.

continued and Bob McKenzie was just on Leafs Lunch on 640am in Toronto and he said the stumbling block seems to be on the Calgary side.

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What’s Delaying The Jokinen Trade?

via Sportsnet,

The Flames and Rangers are working out a deal that would send centre Olli Jokinen and left winger Brandon Prust to New York in exchange for centre Chris Higgins and right-winger Ales Kotalik. Sources told Sportsnet the deal is pending approval from Kotalik who has a limited no-trade clause in his contract.

Kotalik’s limited no-trade clause lists three teams he can not be traded to without his permission and Calgary is one of them.

The deal is not expected to be completed until late Monday morning at the earliest.

added 8:59am, via Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

One of the Flames players involved said he hadn’t heard anything other than the TSN broadcast.

A team spokesman said he hadn’t heard anything official, either.

Another source suggested it hasn’t officially gone through but could be completed this morning if Sutter didn’t have a change of heart.

added 10:46am, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

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.

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Rangers Kotalik Waiting For A Trade

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ales Kotalik has left the Rangers after being told that he would be traded, The Post has learned.

Kotalik, the 32-year-old winger who was signed to a three-year, $9M free agent contract this summer, accompanied the Blueshirts to Phoenix for the first game of their three-game western tour but did not accompany his teammates here for tonight’s match against the Avalanche.

Head coach John Tortorella did not inform the media of Kotalik’s departure in his pre-game press briefing, only stating that the winger would be scratched for the eighth time in the last nine games.

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added 8:04pm, via the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Kotalik sent to NY by team to await further developments…Sather working on completing deal

Rangers tentaive deal to move Kotalik fell through due to complications, per NYR.

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Rangers Still In It

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

The best thing that’s happened to the Rangers in the past week has nothing to do with the Blueshirts.

As they prepare for Game Two of their three-game Western swing on Sunday night in Denver, John Tortorella’s troops can take solace in the following:

  * ISLANDERS: Once an apparent threat to pass the Rangers, Scott Gordon’s sextet keeps losing.

  * MONTREAL: They win as rarely as either team named New York.

  * FLORIDA: Whenever they come close to a playoff berth, they get the heebie-jeebies. Ditto for Atlanta!

he Rangers are surviving — so to speak — by the grace of their inept pursuers and those just ahead of the New Yorkers.

As a result, losing 3-2, to the rejuvenated Coyotes on Saturday night in Phoenix was less painful than it might be with a similar result in April when all the chips likely will be on the playoff line.

read on for a game review…

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Redden’s Offensive Problems

via Tim Bontemps of the NY Post,

The benching is just the latest in a series of struggles Redden has gone through since leaving the Senators to sign a six-year, $39 million contract with the Blueshirts after the 2007-08 season. But the former All-Star, who was taken second overall in the 1995 draft by the Islanders, has left a lot to be desired since he arrived.

Known as an offensive defenseman, Redden last season registered his lowest point total (26) since 1998-99, finishing with three goals and 23 assists. But even after those struggles, Redden’s play has sunk to a new low this season.

In 47 games, Redden has one goal and seven points, putting him on pace for what easily will be the worst season of his career. Tortorella scratched Redden twice in December in the hopes of kick-starting his season, but the moves have seemed to have little impact, as Redden has just two assists since Nov. 23.

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Rangers Need Help Just About Everywhere

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers’ deficiencies are on display every night. They do not have a playmaking center. They do not have a physically intimidating defenseman. They do not have size on the wing. They do not have fire in the belly.

They do not, in fact, have much at all to show for their grand total of two playoff round victories in Sather’s nine seasons, beyond all-world talents Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik, plus the hope that Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky will mature into championship caliber components.

Forget four-for-one trades to rent Ilya Kovalchuk. Forget giving up anything to get Vincent Lecavalier and his out of whack contract that takes him to age 40. Forget Dion Phaneuf unless Rozsival (preferably Redden, but let’s be serious) and nothing of much added value go the other way to Calgary.

The Rangers aren’t one or two players away, unless they are Jean Beliveau and Bobby Orr in their prime. The Rangers aren’t one brilliant trade away from inserting themselves into the Stanley Cup conversation.

Instead, the Rangers are simply one of those many teams camped out with the huddled masses on the treadmill of NHL mediocrity. Sorry to say, but Lundqvist and Gaborik are lipstick on the pig.

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