Ales Kotalik Signs Three-Year, $9 Million Deal with Rangers

----- -----------Correspondent IJuly 9, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Jaroslav Spacek #6, Brian Campbell #51, Ales Kotalik #12 and Tim Connolly #19 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrate Kotalik's goal in the second period against the St Louis Blues on November 28, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

It appears as though Ales Kotalik is packing his bags and leaving oil-rich Edmonton. Kotalik, the latest on a short list of acquisitions by the New York Rangers, has been signed to a three-year contract worth $9 million, as reported by multiple sources.

While this isn't exactly the player the Rangers were looking for, the right winger has had relatively good success, specifically in 2005-06 when he had his career high in goals (25), assists (37), and points (62) on the Buffalo Sabres.

In the season following he had a 71.5 percent success rate in the shootout and was tied for the second most shootout-winning goals in the league. Kotalik was sent from Buffalo to the Oilers on March 4, 2009 in exchange for a second round draft pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft. 

Kotalik has twice entered the international playing level, including the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 World Championships, posting a total of 11 games played, five goals, and two assists (all in the 2008 World Championships), but posting no points in the 2006 Winter Olympics.