|Ales Kotalik was placed on waivers for the second time by the Flames. (QMI Agency/Darren Makowichuk)
CALGARY - Ales Kotalik has been waived by the Calgary Flames ... again.
The beleaguered winger who was put on waivers last summer but remained with the Flames this season was again up for grabs for the other 29 teams Thursday morning.
They have until 10 a.m. Friday to put in a claim.
No move has to be immediately made if he goes through untouched, although it's possible the Flames will re-assign the 32-year-old to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat.
The Flames kept him on their active roster this summer after he passed through waivers and he responded with a strong pre-season. That ended with a serious knee injury that kept him out of the first two months of the regular-season schedule.
With just three goals and no assists and a minus-eight rating, Kotalik has been disappointing. He still has a year left on his current contract, which pays him $3 million a season and includes a no-trade clause which he waived to come to Calgary a year ago after suffering through spurts as a healthy scratch with the New York Rangers.
Kotalik has seemed to be at odds on the ice with Flames head coach Brent Sutter at times during practice recently and hasn't played the last three games.