In two years in New York, Vinny Prospal was a fan-favorite among Rangers fans, and rightfully so. The guy was a team guy who when healthy, contributed mightily often playing on the first-line with Marian Gaborik. And who didn’t love his goal celebrations filled with pure, genuine ecstasy?
According to Larry Brooks at the NY Post, Rangers fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Prospal back on Broadway this season. Brooks said the Rangers’ lack of offensive production from the bottom-six forwards gives reason to inquire about an asking price from the Columbus Blue Jackets, where Prospal has nine goals and 30 points.
Brooks goes on to also suggest the Rangers should contact the Tampa Bay Lightning about trading for forward Dominic Moore. Brooks said acquiring Moore, who was drafted by the Rangers in 2000 and played one full season in New York, would add depth for “any sort of serious run through the tournament” come April.
I don’t think I’d be against trading for Prospal. As I stated, he was very successful — when healthy — here in New York, and I don’t think it would cost too much to bring him back for a stretch run. He’s a guy who has won in this league, and with John Tortorella.
As for Moore, I’m not sure if this team is lacking depth. Although I like Moore and liked him when he played here after the lockout, I’m not sure there’s another spot on this team for another third and fourth line player. Looking at the bottom-six, Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust, Mike Rupp and Ruslan Fedotenko are here to stay. Carl Hagelin is also here to stay, so it would come down to John Mitchell to be sent back down to the AHL. I’m not totally against that move, but Mitchell hasn’t played poorly, especially in favor of a guy that has never won anything in this league.
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