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Kotalik Update

From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:

Haven’t heard back from Ales Kotalik’s agent, Larry Kelly, but it’s becoming clear that one of the hold-ups to this deal, if not the main one, is Kotalik taking his time weighing his options as he has a limited no-trade clause in his three-year, $9 million deal.

Frankly, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. If the Flames, who have been scouting the Rangers for a couple of weeks, wanted Kotalik despite his lengthy stint as a Rangers’ healthy scratch (eight out of nine after last night), why he wouldn’t want to go to a team where he’d see more playing time is a bit strange. Devil’s advocate, though, Kotalik is well within his right to exercise his contract terms, just as Dany Heatley was when he decided he didn’t want to play for the Oilers. It worked out for Heatley. Maybe Kotalik has a preferred destination but, obviously, any comparisons between Heatley and Kotalik are silly, especially considering how far Kotalik has fallen out of favor with coach John Tortorella. Kotalik’s confidence, by his own admission, is shot. From my perspective, this is not a situation that will ever resolve itself for Kotalik in New York, at least not as long as Tortorella is coaching.

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Thoughts on Kotalik?

Well, as our fearless leader just linked to, Ales Kotalik has left the Blueshirts and is awaiting a trade.

Kotalik has struggled all season and this was a case of not producing and not having things work on Broadway. There is no doubt that he had a hard shot and helped the power play a bit but unfortunately, he has been inconsistent for much of this season.

So, what exactly does this mean for the Rangers? Who is GM Glen Sather trying to acquire? Is it someone that can help now? Is it someone young? All I know is that this team needs help in a big way so hopefully, Sather put his “smart” hat on and is acquiring someone that makes sense for this hockey club.

What do you folks think?

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Kotalik Back In?

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:

John Tortorella would not say so specifically, but from the looks of it at practice, Ales Kotalik is likely to play tomorrow night against Carolina at the Garden. Most of the session today was on the power play—not surprising after that nearly six-minute scoreless stretch with the man advantage last night—and Kotalik was involved.

It sounds like Kotalik would not be surprpised if he plays, after having been benched for six games and become subject of a rumor that he had asked for a trade (Steve Zipay heard from Kotalik’s agent yesterday that it wasn’t true).

As for his exile, Kotalik did say: “We work—sometimes the days you don’t play are even harder than the days you do play a game. It wasn’t really a pleasant and enjoyable time for me. You try and keep it to yourself, don’t bother anybody else with it. Try to be supportive of the guys. And keep yourself ready.”

Let’s see what Kotalik can bring if he is reinserted back into the lineup. After getting off to a decent start, he’s cooled off in all areas of his game.

If Kotalik can bring some offense, may be the team will start to turn it around again. What are your thoughts?


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Tortorella Starting to Get Fired Up

From Patrick Hoffman (me) at Inside Hockey:

When the New York Rangers hired John Tortorella to replace head coach Tom Renney in February of 2009, the team knew that they were getting a hard-nosed coach who demanded hard work, discipline and smart hockey.

With the Blueshirts struggling over the past week, Tortorella has began to weed out the players who are not following his system, specifically forward Ales Kotalik and defenseman Wade Redden.

Kotalik has had an inconsistent first season on Broadway. In 32 games, Kotalik has posted 19 points, which isn’t terrible but is not what the head coach is looking for as Kotalik’s efforts have suffered elsewhere on the ice.

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A Quick One before Rangers-Isles Tonight

Good evening folks. Sorry I wasn’t around today but I was busy at one of my part-time/freelance jobs.

I’m sure you didn’t miss me too much since there wasn’t exactly much to say after last night’s loss to the New York Islanders. The team was absolutely dreadful and showed the Isles no respect. In the “new” NHL, anyone can beat anybody so the Blueshirts should not exclude themselves from that.

Both teams are back at it again tonight with a new wrinkle for the Blueshirts: both Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden are healthy scratches. Kotalik has been inconsistent, at best, while Redden has been horrible since joining the Blueshirts in the summer of 2008.

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Kotalik Needs to Produce

In a recent blog entry, Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants points out that New York Rangers winger Ales Kotalik needs to produce more and play better if he wants to get significant ice time.

In 26 games this season, Kotalik has 6 goals and 12 assists for 18 points, which isn’t terrible. However, on a team that does not have much when it comes to secondary scoring, that is not going to cut it.

At today’s practice, he was with newcomer Erik Christensen (center) and Christoper Higgins. These guys like to shoot the puck so Kotalik needs to be able to crash the net for rebounds. He needs to go into the dirty areas to make plays and if he can do that, his fortunes might turn around.

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Thoughts?/Update Again

As was mentioned on a previous post here on KK, the New York Rangers have signed Ales Kotalik to a contract. He played with the Edmonton Oilers last season and posted 43 points (20 goals and 23 assists) in 75 games. Over the past four seasons, he’s averaged over 20 goals so at least Blueshirt fans know he can put the puck in the net.

The question, of course, will be if he can score on Broadway. Sure, the Blueshirts now have Gaborik to go along with guys like Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Sean Avery but if one were to really take a look at the current makeup of this team, he or she would clearly see that they still lack a scoring stud at center. When will GM Glen Sather realize this?

Your thoughts?

Update 4:30 p.m.: Just to clarify something - it’s 3 million per year. Hmmm, what exactly is Sather doing?

Update: There’s more on the Kotalik signing from TSN.ca:

The New York Rangers signed forward Ales Kotalik to a three-year, $3 million contract on Thursday.

The 30-year old split last season between the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers, putting up 20 goals and 23 assists.

In the 2005-06 with the Sabres, Kotalik had his best season in the NHL, scoring 25 goals and adding 37 assists.

The 6’1, 227-pound native of the Czech Republic was selected 164th overall by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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