News from the twitterverse via TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
Waivers, likely for buyout purposes: Cheechoo, Ott; Nokelainen, Vandermeer, Phx; Koistinen, Fla; Kotalik, Cgy.
Ales Kotalik is 31 years old on the buyout date of June 28, 2010, putting the total buyout cost at $4,000,000 spread over 4 years. His contract was originally valued at $9,000,000 with an annual cap hit of $3,000,000 beginning in 2009 and ending in 2012. The following is a season-by-season breakdown of the buyout. A negative buyout cap hit number indicates a credit.
ALES KOTALIK BUYOUT FROM CAPGEEK.COM
Interesting times lay ahead for the Flames. How dealing Olli Jokinen’s expiring contract & cap space for Kotalik, only to buy him out makes sense is anyone’s guess. Personally, I was hoping they’d loan him to a KHL team and get him off the books completely!