Just two days after writing this piece, suggesting that the Rangers needed to move Ales Kotalik because of his lack of production and limited no-trade clause that kicks in next season, our friends over at Blue Shirt Banter may have some inside scoop as to if he is really on the move or not. They were able to speak to Kotalik's agent, who had this to offer up:
Kotalik has asked for a trade, telling the Rangers he is not happy with the organization, and wants to be traded, released, or he will defect to Russia. Kotalik has allegedly told the Rangers he would like to be traded out west.
To read the article in it's entirety, please click here. So if there is truth to the matter, where will Kotalik end up? The Rangers would be looking to just flat out dump salary here, and would not even need a player in return. A late round draft pick or a mid level prospect could be a decent grab if the Rangers do move him.
Analyst Brian Monzo seems to think that he will be dealt to a team on the cusp of making the playoffs, and cites Detroit or Atlanta as possible suitors. I will agree with him on Atlanta, but I just don't see the Red Wings going after him. The Wings, I believe, will be busier trying to improve their goaltending situation and I would not be surprised to see Marty Turco headed there before the deadline from Dallas.
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