After a tumultuous couple of hours, that included Ales Kotalik being sent home before the game to await his fate via trade, it appears we have a trade that has been finalized. It has not been confirmed by anyone in the Rangers organization, but TSN is calling it a done deal. The Rangers have sent Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins to Calgary in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.
This is an excellent trade for the Rangers as Jokinen is a free agent after this season and the Rangers will save some money in the long run. Kotalik was a waste of $3 million sitting on the bench and Higgins was snake bit all season long. The Rangers, in exchange for them, get a player of first line caliber and a very good fighter.
Jokinen will be on the first line with Gaborik and we can expect Prospal will be moved to the wing. Prust, meanwhile, can be the enforcer that the Rangers need and his acquisition pretty much seals the deal for either Brashear or Voros. Expect a move regarding one of them happening very soon.
Glen Sather tonight showed why he needs to remain GM of the Rangers. Whether Jokinen ends up being a bust or not, this is a great deal. I never liked him and always thought of him as overrated, but his skill level could go well with Gaborik. Only time will tell, but this is great for the long run. He truly is the trade magician.
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