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Oilers acquire Ales Kotalik from Buffalo

Wednesday, 04.03.2009 / 5:21 PM / Transactions
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
Ales Kotalik (12), of the Czech Republic, backhands the puck past Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, during the shootout in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. Buffalo won 3-2. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
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General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have obtained forward Ales Kotalik from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the second round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft acquired earlier from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kotalik has appeared in 56 games with Buffalo this season and was the Sabres fifth leading scorer with 13-19-32 and 28 penalty minutes. Among his goals were eight powerplay goals and one game winning goal. The 6’1”, 227 pound right winger leads the NHL with four shootout deciding goals this season and he is tied for the NHL record for most career shootout deciding goals with nine.

Now in his seventh NHL season since turning pro with Buffalo in 2001-02, the 30-year-old right winger has scored 114-126-240 with 267 penalty minutes in 426 career NHL games. He has scored 6-9-15 with 16 penalty minutes in 34 playoff games with Buffalo.

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