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Rangers sign Kotalik

Thursday, 07.09.2009 / 2:57 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers continued to bolster their offense by signing free-agent forward Ales Kotalik on Thursday.

According to TSN, the contract will pay Kotalik $3 million a season for three seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 227-pound right wing had 20 goals and 43 points in 75 games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers last season.

"Ales is a strong, hard-working player with good skating ability and a heavy shot,” Rangers GM Glen Sather said.  “We think he will fit well into our system and will provide additional offense and scoring from the wing position."

A sixth-round pick of the Sabres in the 1998 Entry Draft, the 30-year-old native of Jindr Hradec, Czech Republic has 121 goals and 251 points in 445 NHL games.
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