Flames place Kotalik on waivers
Yes, Ales Kotalik is on waivers.
The Calgary Flames’ rightwinger is exposed to every team in the National Hockey League. Meaning that anyone could latch onto him.
But it’s hard to imagine there will be any takers for Kotalik, who’s in the middle season of a three-year deal that pays him $3 million annually.
Nor does this necessarily mean he’s bound for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
Brian Rolston, remember, was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. The veteran forward cleared. And he’s still there.
Kotalik’s 24-hour waiver period ends today. What happens now is anyone’s guess. Maybe nothing. What is not a matter of debate is Kotalik’s raging ineffectiveness — three points, minus-eight, in 20 appearances.
Despite his undeniable offensive skills and booming slapshot, it’s difficult to envision a scenario in which the 32-year-old becomes a regular, particularly with the Flames playing so well these days.