5 years ago

Vaclav Prospal is glad that he decedied to play for Ceske Budejovice HC of the Czech league during the lockout.

"It was the right decision we made at the time," Prospal said. "Quite honestly, I cannot imagine what kind of shape I would be in, or how I would look, if I had not played these last three months. I'm not 27. I'm not 17. I'm 37, and I'll be 38 next month. I needed to play. I don't have many years left. Who knows how many years I have left in the NHL?" Prospal had nine goals and 23 points in 19 Czech games. Without Jeff Carter and Rick Nash on the team, Prospal won't have a lot of offensive talent to play with. Still, he'll probably get first line duties with the Blue Jackets and have some fantasy value.