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Rangers-Flames deal in holding pattern

by Adam Kimelman / NHL.com
Am I staying or going?

That's the question a few players are asking themselves today, as a rumored trade between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames is on hold, with no one quite sure what is going to happen next.

On Sunday, in the hours after the Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs pulled their blockbuster deal that landed defenseman Dion Phaneuf in Toronto and brought four players back to Calgary, the Flames seemed to have another deal lined up -- they were reportedly set to trade centers Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to the Rangers.

The package going back to Calgary, however, has been up for debate. The New York Post reported the Rangers offered right wing Ales Kotalik and rookie defenseman Matt Gilroy. According to the Post, however, getting Ian White from the Leafs in the Phaneuf deal made Gilroy less appealing to the Flames. So according to multiple outlets, the Rangers offered forward Christopher Higgins along with Kotalik instead.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Flames backed out of that deal late Sunday night because they thought they needed Jokinen in the lineup Monday night when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Pengrowth Saddledome (9:30 p.m. ET). There also were questions about whether Kotalik would waive his no-trade clause to accept a deal to Calgary.

Jokinen, and probably Prust, are expected to be in the lineup for Monday's game, but that doesn't necessarily mean the deal is off. If both players come through healthy, the teams could recommence talks.

So where do things stand? Right now, Jokinen and Prust remain in Calgary, and Higgins and Kotalik are in New York. Their bags might be packed, but their destination is unknown.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com.


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