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The Buffalo Sabres are attempting to reach an arrangement allowing forward Ales Kotalik to play in Europe this season.
Without going into specifics, general manager Darcy Regier would only say Thursday, “We’re working on it.’‘
Playing in Europe became an option after Kotalik did not report to the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., upon clearing waivers Monday.
Via the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby, the NHL officially announced the details of the trade which has sent Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik to Buffalo:
Buffalo gets Regehr, Kotalik and 2012 second-round pick from Calgary for [Chris] Butler and [Paul] Byron.
Update 11:40am: Calgary Flames release -
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the acquisition of defenseman Chris Butler and forward Paul Byron from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Flames defensemen Robyn Regehr, forward Ales Kotalik and Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2012.
Butler, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres accumulating five goals and 31 assists along with 66 penalty minutes in 155 games. He was originally drafted by Buffalo in the 4th round (96th overall) in the 2005 NHL Draft.
from John Down of the Calgary Herald,
Given all that’s happened, even Kotalik had to admit he’s a wee bit astonished to be here for Friday’s official start to training camp.
“To be honest, I am a little surprised,” he said. “That’s the situation. I feel like I can be a big part of this team and I can measure with anybody up front. The case of the bad season, that can happen to anybody . . . I think there’s more guys than just me who have something to prove from last season.
“One season like that is not going to finish my NHL career.”
And, yet, after clearing waivers he wondered if he wasn’t finished.
“When I ended up on waivers, I waited to see what was going to happen,” he said. “If the Flames would make me a free agent with a buyout, I might stay in Europe. I didn’t know what the situation was at the time.
“I’m still part of the team, I still feel like that and like it around the guys. I think we can have a really good team and I truly believe I’m going to be a part of it.”
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.
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.
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.
Ales Kotalik, an unrestricted free agent right wing who has averaged over 20 goals for the past four NHL seasons, will continue his NHL career in New York. On Thursday, he agreed to terms on a new contract with the Rangers. More details to come.