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Flames send Kotalik to AHL @NHL
Calgary forward Ales Kotalik cleared waivers Friday, and the team announced that he's been assigned to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. Kotalik is scheduled to join the Heat on Feb. 2 in Chicago.

"I want to start rewarding our players in Abbotsford who have earned and deserve recalls, and I want to give Brent [Sutter] more options with respect to his line-up and sitting players who are not delivering," Flames Acting General Manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "This assignment gives us the roster flexibility we need going forward, and it demonstrates that we are serious about doing whatever it takes to continue our push to make the playoffs."

Kotalik was acquired by the Flames from the New York Rangers on Feb. 1, 2010, and played the remainder of the 2009-10 season with Calgary. He missed the first 26 games of the 2010-11 season with a knee injury and has 3 goals, along with a minus-8 rating, in 20 games since his return.

The Flames placed him on waivers Thursday

The 32-year-old forward was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round of the 1998 Entry Draft. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July 2009. In 536 career NHL games, Kotalik has scored 135 goals and 281 points.

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