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Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 2:35 pm
By Adam Gretz

When the Columbus Blue Jackets lost Kristian Huselius for four-to-six months after an injury he suffered while lifting weights, it was pretty much assumed that general manager Scott Howson would be bringing in another forward to help replace him. On Saturday, Howson announced -- via his own Twitter feed -- that the club had signed free agent Vinny Prospal to help fill a top-six spot in the lineup.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports it's a one-year deal worth $1.75 million (plus bonuses).

There weren't many strong forward options remaining on the free agent market, but Prospal is probably among the best of the bunch. In 29 games last season with the New York Rangers, the 36-year-old winger scored nine goals to go with 14 assists after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury. He is just one year removed from a 20-goal, 58-point effort.

He's not likely to completely replace Huselius from an offensive standpoint at this point in his career, but for one year and that cap hit it should be a solid addition to a Columbus lineup that's already seen a boost thanks to the offseason additions of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski.

For his career, Prospal has scored 227 goals in 978 games with six different teams (Ottawa, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, New York and Florida).

If you remove Teemu Selanne from the list (he's either going to play for Anaheim or retire), the free-agent forwards still available ranked by point total from last season are Sergei Samsonov, Cory Stillman, Alexei Kovalev, Rob Schremp and John Madden.

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Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:15 am

Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

I think Vinny did a great job in his brief stint as a Ranger.  A lot of people would have given up had they been the same condition he was in last fall.  When healthy Vinny is an extremely effective player that makes others on the ice better.  He'll be missed in the NY locker room.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:53 am

Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

jackets may still be after Wolski as well.  If they get him, they will own the old wings.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:47 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:37 pm

Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

VP should enjoy being owned by the Detroit Red Wings

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:09 am

Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

We'll see how his health holds up, but I like the signing for CLB.  They've really gone over the top to try to make the team a contender.   He'll definately be able to contribute if he's healthy. 

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:13 am

Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

Awe i was hoping he would come to Chicago... Oh well will look forward to playing against him although the Blue Jackets have a ways to go till they are legit competators

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