Prospal Re-Signs in Columbus, Off Rangers Radar

There were several rumors floating around that the Rangers could be interested in acquiring forward Vinny Prospal as a trade deadline rental for a playoff run. Those hopes — whether there were any truth or not is unsure — were thwarted Wednesday when Prospal re-signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the deal is worth one-year and $2.5 million, and includes a no-trade clause.

Prospal, 36, spent two injury-plagued years on Broadway, but was a fan favorite. He gelled with Marian Gaborik and had success on the powerplay, something this year’s squad has been desperately lacking.

In 53 games this season, Prospal has nine goals and 33 points.

Although I wasn’t completely in love with the thought of bringing Prospal back, it really would not have cost the team much. Maybe a mid-level prospect and a 4th round pick. He surely would not have cause a rift in the locker room, as all indications are that Vinny is a great team guy.

But now, the Rangers must look elsewhere, in places with players that should no doubt require more than the Blue Jackets would have asked for in return. After last night’s offense-less performance against the New Jersey Devils, and the month-long saga of an anemic powerplay, a deal is sure to come down before Feb. 27.

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