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No takers for Kotalik

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:14 PM ET

The promise was made by the Calgary Flames to Ales Kotalik when he was sent to the minors last month.

He would be put through re-entry waivers before the trade deadline to give all the other teams a chance to grab him.

There were no takers, even with the incentive of paying half of Kotalik’s salary of US$3 million per season, a contract which runs through the 2011-12 campaign.

“If we don’t put him on prior to the deadline, he wouldn’t be eligible to play for a claiming team in the post-season, so it was part of the plan and the process,” said acting GM Jay Feaster.

“Basically, we’ve fulfilled the obligation and commitment we made to him and we move forward.”

Kotalik, who scored just three goals in 20 games his season before being dispatched to the minors, will remain with the AHL Abbotsford Heat.

It’s possible Kotalik will be bought out of the final year of his contract, and play in Europe next year, unless the Flames can find a taker for the final year of his contract.

SCOREBOARD WATCHING NO VALUE

All the off-days over the past week have helped the Flames rest, but not aided their cause in the standings.

Other Western Conference teams have made up their games in hand on Calgary, which has sent the team down the standings.

Head coach Brent Sutter said it’s OK to follow the scores, but has cautioned his players from worrying about what’s happening in other games. With 20 games remaining, the Flames still control their destiny.

“I’m not going to wake up tomorrow morning and put a gun to my head because one of the teams won that you wish would have lost,” Sutter said. “My focus is our own team and whatever happens, happens.”

POKER TOURNAMENT NETS $500,00

The 6th Annual Flames poker tournament held Wednesday raised more than $500,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life, running the total to more than $2 million.

Ray Coueslan won the Texas Hold ’Em tournament, and with it a ring worth $10,000, two tickets from WestJet, four lower bowl concert tickets, Flames tickets and $5,000 cash. Lance Hurtubise placed second and Phil Sprung was third. All top three placers donated portions of their winnings back to the Flames charity.

Brendan Morrison was the last Flames player alive in the tournament, placing in the top 40.

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