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Ales Kotalik's time in Edmonton was short, lasting just 19 games. ((Dave Sandford/Getty Images))

The New York Rangers signed free-agent forward Ales Kotalik on Thursday.

The 30-year-old right-winger from the Czech Republic scored 20 goals and collected 43 points in 75 games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers last season.

Rangers offseason

Coming Gone
Tyler Arnason, F Nik Antropov, F
Brian Boyle, F Scott Gomez, F
Donald Brashear, F Markus Naslund, F
Marian Gaborik, F Colton Orr, F
Chris Higgins, F
Ales Kotalik, F
Corey Locke, F
Ryan McDonagh, F

Kotalik was traded from Buffalo for a second-round pick at the March 3 trade deadline, but the Oilers opted not to re-sign the forward after he notched seven goals and four assists in 19 games in Edmonton. 

Kotalik struck a three-year deal with New York, averaging about $3 million US per season.

A sixth-round pick (164th overall) of the Sabres in the 1998 NHL draft, Kotalik has 121 goals and 251 points in 445 NHL games.

His best NHL season came in 2005-06 when he scored 25 goals and added 37 assists.