As per the New York Post, the New York Rangers have singed Vinnie Prospal to a 1 year, $1.1 million dollar deal. Prospal became unrestricted when the Tampa Bay Lightening bought out his 4-year, $14 million dollar deal which had been signed last summer.
Prospal, who played for head coach John Tortorella before and after the Lightning’s 2004 Cup-winning season in which he was in Anaheim, recorded 45 points (19-26) last year. The 12-year NHL veteran scored 33 goals two years ago for the Lightning and Flyers and recording 80 points and 55 assists with Tampa Bay in 2005-06.
Though the Rangers have recently signed both Prospal as well as Kotalik, they have yet to sign Dubinsky who is still a group II free agent.
Dubinsky, a Group II free agent, and the Rangers have been in contract talks for a number of weeks, but it now seems as if the parties are not going to reach an agreement on a multi-year contract. Unless Dubinsky can attract an offer sheet on which the Blueshirts would have the right of first refusal, it appears as if he will play the season on his one-year qualifying offer of $698,500.
My thoughts: Well, Vaclav Prospal’s suffered the recent indignity of a contract buyout from the Tampa Bay Lightening. On the other hand, Vaclav Prospal at $1.1 million dollars for a 1 year contract is still not hard to like if you’re a Rangers fan for a player who’s posted 19/33/29 goals over the last three seasons. Though he is 34 years old and likely on the decline of what he has already established as an inconsistent career, he will be playing for a contract this year with the Rangers.