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Jokinen dealt to Rangers?

Olli Jokinen could be on the way to New York in a possible trade with the Rangers. (QMI Agency/Lyle...

Olli Jokinen could be on the way to New York in a possible trade with the Rangers. (QMI Agency/Lyle Aspinall)

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Hours after completing a blockbuster seven-player swap with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Flames GM Darryl Sutter was back in the rumour mill -- and allegedly back in the office swinging a second deal.

According to a TSN report late Sunday night, the Flames and New York Rangers were getting ready to announce a four-player swap that would take forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to Manhattan in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins.

One of the Flames players involved said he hadn't heard anything other than the TSN broadcast.

A team spokesman said he hadn't heard anything official, either.

Another source suggested it hasn't officially gone through but could be completed as early as this morning.

Kotalik, who was held out of Sunday's 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver and reportedly told he was going to be traded, is signed at $3-million a season for two more years.

Higgins is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, with a current cap hit of $2.25M.

The move would free the Flames of about another half-million dollars on top of the few hundred thousand they saved with the morning deal sending Phaneuf, winger Fredrik Sjostrom and blueline prospect Keith Aulie for forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White.

Kotalik has been scratched by Rangers head coach John Tortorella in eight of the team's last nine games. The 31-year-old has eight goals and 14 assists with a minus-18 rating.

Higgins signed a one-year-deal as a free agent with the Rangers in the off-season after the Montreal Canadiens originally traded his rights in the Scott Gomez deal.


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