23 December 1978|
Jindřichův Hradec, TCH
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
HC České Budějovice|
New York Rangers
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
|National team||Czech Republic|
164th overall, 1998|
Kotalík was drafted 164th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2005–06 NHL season, he had a career high in 25 goals, 37 assists and 62 points. The recent 2006–07 NHL season he was 5 for 7 in shootouts and second in the NHL with four shootout deciding goals. He was out for 16 games because of an injured right knee. In the Calgary Flames All-Star games, he showed his ability to strike hard with a slap shot speed of 105.3 being the second hardest shooter in the NHL.
On 4 March 2009, Kotalík was traded by the Sabres to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Kotalík finished the season in Edmonton before being signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers on 9 July 2009 to a three-year, $9 million contract. Due to his lack of goal scoring, which he was expected to bring and being a healthy scratch for numerous games, he was traded on 1 February 2010 to the Calgary Flames along with Chris Higgins in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.
Placed on waivers in the off-season by the Calgary Flames, Kotalík cleared waivers on 29 June 2010. At the time, he had two years and $6 million remaining on his contract. On 27 January 2011, he was placed back on waivers by the Flames and subsequently assigned to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. On 25 June, along with Robyn Regehr and a second round 2012 draft pick, Kotalík was traded back to the Sabres for Paul Byron and Chris Butler.
On 24 September 2011, Kotalík was placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres in a salary cap move. After initially reporting to the Rochester Americans, Kotalík instead returned to his hometown in the Czech Republic to play for HC Mountfield České Budějovice.
|Representing Czech Republic|
Regular season and playoffs
|1997–98||HC České Budějovice||Czech||47||9||7||16||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||HC České Budějovice||Czech||41||8||13||21||16||3||0||0||0||0|
|1999–00||HC České Budějovice||Czech||43||7||12||19||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||HC České Budějovice||Czech||52||19||29||48||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC Bílí Tygři Liberec||Czech||25||8||8||16||46||12||2||5||7||12|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||45||8||14||22||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||HC České Budějovice||Czech||30||8||16||24||20||-||-||-||-||-|
|2012–13||HC České Budějovice||Czech||51||14||22||36||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int'l totals||18||7||3||10||4|
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- "Rangers sign Kotalik". National Hockey League. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
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- "Kotalik sent to AHL".
- "Flames deal Regehr, Kotalik to Sabres for Butler, Byron". The Sports Network. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Hamilton, Paul. Sabres Kotalik assigned to Europe. Kaleta not mad at Vanek Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. WGR. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- Stats at hokej.cz Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in Czech)