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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Prospal skated with the Utica Comets on Thursday and could play with the team as early as Friday night in Abbotsford against the Heat.
“He’s going to have a tryout with them and see how he does and see if he can play at the American League level and then we’ll see what happens from there,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Thursday night.
Prospal, who turns 39 next month, has played 1,108 NHL regular-season games, scoring 255 goals and accumulating 765 points.
He played all 48 games of last season’s lockout-shortened campaign with the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored 12 goals and 30 points.
The Czech native has a long history with Canucks coach John Tortorella, having played with both Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.
via Scott Howson tweet,
I am pleased to announce that we have signed Vinny Prospal to a 1 year contract extension.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Theo Fleury, in his book Playing with Fire, writes that if he were an NHL general manager he would draft Canadian juniors exclusively because they “get it.” Although the league is less Canada-centric than it was in the previous century, Fleury’s line of thinking still runs on the edges of mainstream thought.
Vinny Prospal is the perfect counterargument. Nobody gets it like he gets it.
Tonight, Prospal will play the 1,000th game of his NHL career when the Blue Jackets play host to the Buffalo Sabres. Let us put this in perspective.
More than 7,000 men have played in the league since it was formed in 1917. Prospal will be the 268th to play 1,000. He will be the sixth Czech to do it, and that is something, too. Bobby Holik, Roman Hamrlik, Jaromir Jagr, Radek Dvorak and Petr Svoboda have played 1,000 games. Petr Nedved, Martin Straka, Robert Lang and Dominik Hasek have not and never will.
“I am very proud of this accomplishment,” Prospal said. “I also know you have to be lucky.”
via Aaron Portzline tweet,
#CBJ have signed Vinny Prospal. 1 year, $1.75M plus bonuses.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Vinny Prospal to a one-year contract, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Prospal, 36, has registered 227 goals and 453 assists for 680 points with 513 penalty minutes in 978 career games with Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and the New York Rangers during his 13 NHL seasons. He has also appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine times, tallying 10-25-35 and 26 penalty minutes in 65 games. In 2010-11, he collected 9-14-23 and eight penalty minutes with a +4 plus/minus rating in 29 games with New York and added one goal in five playoff games.
“Vinny Prospal is a proven top six forward in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him playing that role for our hockey club,” said Howson. “We are very pleased to be able to add a player of his caliber to our team at this late date in the free agency process.”
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Vinny Prospal.
“Vinny is a highly-skilled player with good offensive instincts and the ability to play on the wing or at the center position,” stated Sather. “We think he will give us added flexibility and brings a veteran presence to our lineup.”
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Over the years, Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier and linemate Vinny Prospal have become great friends. So it was not unexpected that Lecavalier would react strongly to the news Prospal will be bought out of the last three seasons of his four-year deal.
“Obviously, I’m very disappointed,” Lecavalier said from his Montreal home. “I feel for him. I know he really loves Tampa, so I was disappointed. I always said I like to play with Vinny Prospal, and every time he had a bad year, he came back and had a great one.”
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
The Lightning on Tuesday informed left wing Vinny Prospal that the team is buying out the remaining three years of his contract.
Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton sent a letter of intent to Prospal and his agent informing them of the decision. Prospal has 24 hours to decide whether to accept the buyout or request to be placed on waivers.
Prospal, who was reacquired from the Philadelphia Flyers before last season, signed a four-year contract worth $14 million last June. He has $10.5 million remaining on his deal.
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:
About 100 or so fans were there to meet the bus. As the players got off, the Czech natives (Vinny Prospal, Radim Vrbata and David Koci) were swarmed by kids seeking autographs and television and newspaper cameras. Vinny Lecavalier was treated as royalty as well. As he walked from the bus to the rink, at least six men snapping pictures walked backwards in front of him, all while a crowd asked for autographs.
“It’s special,” Prospal said later in the locker room. “It’s my home country. It doesn’t happen every day like that. I’ll enjoy it for a couple of days. Now I know what Vinny has to do every day of his life.”
from Mike Sielski of phillyBurbs,
“Vinny’s a great passer,” Stevens said yesterday at Mellon Arena, after the Flyers practiced. “He’s got great vision with the puck. He gets standing still and not moving his feet too easily when he gets checked, and I thought that was the case (Friday) night. When he’s moving his feet, when he’s jumping off the wall, when he’s giving and going, more things happen for him. I thought he got a little bit away from that.”
Though the jargon and coded language of a coach and teammate too generous to call out Prospal publicly, there came a clear message: Start skating, Vinny. Start working harder and doing more.
via VERSUS, Flyers get Prospal for Alexandre Picard and a conditional pick in 2009.
Update 10:12pm ET: From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired center Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009.
And TSN notes it’s a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.
Update 2:05am ET: TSN’s Scott Cullen breaks down the trade in detail.
from Lightning Strikes,
But it was difficult to ignore Prospal’s outburst, though Torts did his best.
“I’m not here to be the happy man and make everybody happy,’’ he said. “I’m here to make calls as far as the game is concerned.’‘
And this after Torts was asked if he sensed some relief in Prospal:
“I’m sure there was quite a bit of relief and a few other things, too. That’s life. He played really well. Athletes that are upset, they contribute and help the team win, coaches are happy. This isn’t a touchy-feely thing here or love fest. This is a game of hockey and we’re fighting for our life.’‘
what did Prospal say, well read on...
From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,
Foremost in Vinny Prospal’s mind coming into his 11th NHL season was to get off to a good start. After a drop in production to 55 points last year from 80 in 2005-06, it was imperative that he not allow the downward spiral to begin again.
“I just didn’t want to go through what I went through last year,” Prospal said after scoring two goals in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory Saturday against Atlanta. “Everybody struggles, but it’s always easier when you get to that point in the season when you have something to look back to. And last year, from the beginning, I really didn’t have anything to look back to.”
Prospal — who has entered the final year of his contract with the Lightning — didn’t score his third goal last season until the team’s 18th game on Nov. 15. Through two games, he has three goals.