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Kotalik signs 3-year deal with Rangers

The New York Rangers have dipped into free agency again, signing winger Ales Kotalik to a three-year contract worth $9 million.

Kotalik had 20 goals and 43 points in 75 games with the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers last season, the fourth time in six seasons he reached the 20-goal mark. The right winger shares the NHL career record with Slava Kozlov by scoring 11 deciding shootout goals. Kotalik has connected 20 times in 38 career shootout attempts.

In 445 regular-season NHL games, Kotalik has 121 goals and 130 assists. Last season, Kotalik led the NHL with five deciding goals in shootouts and scored eight times overall in the tiebreaker. He was traded by Buffalo to Edmonton at the March 4 deadline.

Kotalik was an unrestricted free agent.

"Ales is a strong, hardworking player with good skating ability and a heavy shot," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "We think he will fit well into our system and will provide additional offense and scoring from the wing position."

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.