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Kotalik sent home prior to being dealt to Flames for Jokinen

Watching the Rangers' game at Colorado and Ales Kotalik is more than just a healthy scratch as he's been for the last couple weeks. He's apparently about to become an ex-Ranger, according to this story tonight from the New York Post.

(11 p.m. update: TSN reports Kotalik is going to Calgary as part of a deal for Olli Jokinen)

Kotalik has been sent home off the trip but there's some hangup in the deal. No one seems to say what that is. Wondered if Kotalik was going back to Edmonton in some deal for Sheldon Souray, but Souray broke his hand in a fight late Saturday night with Calgary's Jarome Iginla as the Oilers finished 0-for-January with a 6-1 loss to a team that had been winless in nine.

Second thought was Toronto, which needs some offense after giving up plenty in today's deals for Dion Phaneuf and J.S. Giguere. The Kotalik deal (three years, $9M) is the kind of silliness that should get Glen Sather fired as Rangers GM. Anyone here could have said Kotalik is a soft 5-on-5 player who fires away on the power play with mediocre results and would drive coach John Tortorella crazy.

Didn't the Rangers have a single scout proffer that opinion? Jeez.

---Mike Harrington



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