Any hope from Rangers fans (not myself) of Vinny Prospal returning for a third season on Broadway were snapped today, when Prospal signed a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets for $1.75 million.
Prospal was great in New York, when he was able to stay healthy, which wasn’t often. Last season, Prospal dressed for just 29 games last season, but finished with nine goals and 23 points.
Blue Jackets’ GM Scott Howson said he expects Prospal to be a top-six forward on the team, especially with Kristian Huselius injured until possibly December.
“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.”
Columbus quietly put together a strong team this off-season, signing James Wisniewski and trading for Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers. Those two players, along with Rick Nash, should make the Blue Jackets a playoff team in a very competitive Western Conference.
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