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Larry Brooks of the New York Post is recommending in print that the New York Rangers sign free-agent forward Vaclav Prospal to add some offense.
"Impossible as it may sound, the Rangers' lineup in Detroit on Saturday night will include only two forwards (Brad Richards with five and Derek Dorsett with one) who have scored a goal this season," Brooks writes. "Vinny Prospal is out there, a free agent who has been known to provide some pop and crackle, even if he won't win even a single foot-race; a free agent who was a popular and productive Ranger for a couple of seasons not all that long ago. True enough, he would be returning at 38 in a young man's league, and might have issues dealing with the pace, but the thing is, he always has. Yet, he has always found a way to produce, last year leading the Blue Jackets with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in the 48-game season after recording 55 points (16-39) the previous season." Brooks adds: "The Post has learned (Rangers general manager Glen) Sather has had conversations with Prospal, who is training in the Czech Republic, and his representative."
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Vaclav Prospal has yet to receive a contract offer from an NHL team.
The 38-year-old forward played for the Blue Jackets last season and had 12 goals and 30 points in the 48 game truncated schedule. Columbus will need some scoring early in the season as their top free agent signing Nathan Horton, will miss at least the first two months of the season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery but there has not been a contract offer with training camp slated to begin on Thursday. Stay tuned.
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The Blue Jackets don't appear likely right now to make a contract offer to Vinny Prospal.
"Are we going to extend him an offer? We're not sure we want to do that yet," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We want to give him the proper respect if we do and he may not even want to do it. We always like to keep our options open, but I'd say right now we'll stand pat unless we make an offer to Vinny." According to Capgeek.com, the Blue Jackets have a little more than $2 million in cap space. Prospal, who had 30 points last season, made $2.5 million.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are still considering re-signing UFA Vaclav Prospal.
Prospal wants to re-sign with the Blue Jackets and with newly signed Nathan Horton out of action until December at the earliest because of upcoming shoulder surgery, the team will need some help with their top-six forwards. Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games with the Blue Jackets in 2013 which translates into a 51 point season over a full 82 game schedule. Stay tuned.
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Vaclav Prospal wants to re-sign with the Blue Jackets.
Prospal is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this ummer. "I want the public and the fans to know I'm not shutting the door on anything," Prospal said. "I want to come back. I want to be part of this team, especially after the way we played after the start. We've really turned a corner and I can see where this is going. It's going to be good here." That being said, the Blue Jackets are still weighing their options. Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games this season.
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Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen hasn't made a decision on whether to pursue pending unrestricted free agent Vaclav Prospal.
Kekalainen did add that he's very satisfied with Prospal's performance this season. "He made a big contribution," Kekalainen said. "He always scores. I've seen him since he was a young kid. You always wonder how he does it, but every year he does it. He scores goals and has assists and contributes that way. He's had a great career, and I have a lot of respect for his career and the way he played this year." Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games.
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Vaclav Prospal is the Columbus Blue Jackets nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
The trophy is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. "Vinny has helped us (coaches) out in a lot of ways," coach Todd Richards said. "It's his preparedness. It's his professionalism. It's his passion. He brings it all to the table, and he has for a long time now. He's a guy who knows how to have fun. He makes the work fun, and the guys feed off that. But he's also a guy who knows when it's time to get busy and get to work, and the guys see that, too." Prospal will become a UFA at the end of the season but does want to return to the Blue Jackets. Prospal has 12 goals and 29 points in 46 games this season.
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Vaclav Prospal had a goal and an assist on Saturday.
Prospal is now on a three-game point streak. With 11 goals and 26 points in 42 games, Prospal isn't exactly having a great season by his standards, but he might still finish the campaign on a strong note as the Blue Jackets compete for one of the final playoffs spots.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are riding high on an 11-game point streak heading into Friday's game against the Calgary Flames and Stanley Cup playoffs are in reach after a three-year hiatus, and Vaclav (Vinny) Prospal says it's because the team has finally learned how to win.
"What drives an individual is to prove people wrong," Prospal said. "This is something that is awesome right now. You see us every day in practice. You see us after games. You see how different it is compared to last year. For us as an organization, we're finally learning how to win, how to play meaningful games down the stretch in the second half of a season. With all due respect to some of the players who were here prior, that wasn't always the case."