Ales Kotalik Back to the Farm

Kent Wilson
March 31 2011 03:38PM

 

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald is reporting that Ales Kotalik has once again been sent to Abbotsford. The $3M boat anchor had a nice game against the Oilers upon his return, but has been noticeably invisible since.

The only reason to send Kotalik down is that one of the more expensive regulars is healthy. Vicki therefore suggests the game against the Blues on Friday may be Daymond Langkow's long-awaited return. While there's been a lot of bad news for the Flames this season, a healthy Langkow would be a happy occasion, even if he isn't quite game ready. Langkow is a great option on the ice, but it's an even better story from a basic, human angle given the severity of his injury.

We'll save the potential congratulations and celebrations until the news in confirmed...for now, revel in the Kotalik song!

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#1 FireOnIce
March 31 2011, 03:55PM
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Kotalik has had 3 chances now (last season, beginning of this season, and his recent stint). He has failed to prove he is worth that contract or a roster spot in all 3 chances. You're done in the NHL Ales.

18 points in 15 AHL games or whatever and 6 points in 26 NHL games means one thing - time to pack your bags and get ready to move to Russia.

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#2 Michael
March 31 2011, 04:09PM
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The potential return of Langkow certainly brightens what looks like another disappointing season for the Flames. Who knows what effect the injury will have on his play, but just to see him healthy enough to play is a major feel good story.

Kotalik was given another chance and fizzled after the first game. But fizzling out can be applied to a number of regulars (Stajan, Hagman..) and maybe the team itself. Disappointing final ten games for a team trying to make the playoffs.

Some tough decisions need to made this off season.

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#3 Robert Cleave
March 31 2011, 04:31PM
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As per Steinberg, Langkow is off LTIR, eligible to return tomorrow.

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#4 Robert Cleave
March 31 2011, 04:34PM
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#6 Gange
March 31 2011, 05:50PM
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Even though it's too little too late, it's a truly awesome thing to see Langkow get back in the game.

It'll be a good game if for no other reason. Can you imagine the ovation when he steps back onto Saddledome ice?

Welcome back Daymond

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#7 Domebeers.com
March 31 2011, 06:55PM
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Our video was better.

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#8 Greg
March 31 2011, 07:06PM
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I wonder if getting Langkow some games is a way trying to gauge who he'll be as a player post-injury to help decide on direction this off season?

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#9 Sean Elekes
March 31 2011, 07:41PM
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Good bye Ales Kotalik, don't ever come back. Keep your 3 million and stay away from Calgary.

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#10 RKD
March 31 2011, 08:23PM
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Finally, Daymond Langkow returns to the Calgary Flames. Hope he's our savior and knight in shining armor. Him and Bourque have great chemistry together. Erik Cole came back from a broken neck in '06 and played in games 6 and 7 of the Cup finals.

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#12 RKD
March 31 2011, 08:45PM
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@Kent Wilson,

One can hope, the Flames need some sort of boost since they can't generate any on their own.

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#13 tflo
March 31 2011, 11:56PM
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I know everyone has seemed to throw in the towel, Im not ready to do that just yet...if chicago loses their 2 weekend games, and Flames win both they will hold down 8th with 2 games left...chicago would have mon,stl,det,det left,nothing easy this time of year...mark my words it aint over yet.

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#14 Sean Elekes
April 01 2011, 02:43AM
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@tflo

Buddy, Chicago only needs to get 5 points out a possible 10. LA, Nashville & Anaheim just need 1 or 2 points and it’s over. Even if they could possibly tie, Calgary only has 29 (ROW) record of wins. Chicago has 36. A total of 33 wins in a tie for 8th place. Lay off the pipe, dude.

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#15 Sean Elekes
April 01 2011, 02:56AM
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@tflo

Sorry, 5 of 12 points.

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#16 Monaertchi
April 01 2011, 09:27AM
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@Sean Elekes

Don't forget about Dallas.

Edit: Love the song by the way. Kotalik, Kotaliiiiiiiik!

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#17 todd
April 01 2011, 10:34AM
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Ladies and Gents childern of all ages, THE NHL is proud to bring to you it's PRESIDENT'S TROPHY WINNER OF THE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD.

THE Vancouver Canucks!

If you aren't not down with that we got two words for you:.............

DANIEL SEDIN!

HIT OUR MUSIC:

We are the champions my friends and we'll keep on winning until the end.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.

p.s.

Flames will lose AGAIN. Chris Stewart with the hatty. book it Dan-o Hawaii 5-o

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