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Blue Jackets re-sign Prospal for one season

Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:32 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 11:08 am
Don't look so disgusted Vinny, it's only one more season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The trade market is growing staler by the day.

First there was Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford re-signing Tim Gleason, one of his players that was being talked about on the trade market and now Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has done the same.

Howson announced on his Twitter account on Tuesday morning that he re-signed veteran Vaclav Prospal to a one-year contract. The 36-year-old Prospal, carrying a cap hit of $2.5 million this season, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, not only is Prospal's new contract for the same $2.5 million, it also includes a no-trade clause. Surprising, to say the least.

Considering his age and the team's wreck of a season that they have endured, Prospal figured to be a trade chip for sure. Not that he was going to be the big name on the block -- the Jackets have a couple of others who have that covered in Jeff Carter and Rick Nash -- but you thought they might try to get something, be it a younger player or pick/s.

Admittedly, it's another move by the Jackets that leaves me scratching my head some. I never quite understand the concept of keeping veteran players when you are clearly embarking on a rebuilding phase unless said player is a franchise icon. Prospal isn't exactly Mr. Blue Jacket.

Prospal was a slightly intriguing potential rental player. He has scored nine goals with 24 assists this season while average 18:00 of ice time per game. He has also been one of the few Blue Jackets who has stayed healthy this season, playing in all 53 games thus far.

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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:38 pm

Blue Jackets re-sign Prospal for one season

What people don't understand is the fact that the bluejackets understand that their star players have either been suspended or hurt for most of the season.  they've been playing AHL guys that are not ready for the NHL for the entire season.  If they keep carter and Nash that will actually give them a chance to develop some chemistry together on the ice, and with the addition of Nail Yakupov, they could actually be very good next season.  I will get laughed at with this response, but in all honesty it is a true statement.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:03 pm

Blue Jackets re-sign Prospal for one season

He is just beng rewarded for playing in Howson's crappily put together team this season, come trade deadline he is also gone.

Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:05 pm

Blue Jackets re-sign Prospal for one season

I have to agree, kind of a weird signing. I suppose they could still deal him but who's going to take him for a playoff run if they know they're on the hook for $2.5M and a no-trade next year?

As stated, Prospal isn't exactly integral to the future of Columbus and he most likely could have fetched them something at the trade deadline.

Even if it is only a 3rd or 4th rounder, it is still a chance to add something to the future of the organization.

Even more puzzling is the size of the contract, $2.5M seems a little high for a guy at his age who's only put up 9 goals this season.

Really makes you wonder if there is a plan in Columbus and if there is, just what exactly is it?

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:01 pm

Blue Jackets re-sign Prospal for one season

Why are you apologizing to him?  He didn't have to sign the contract.  I was kind of hoping the Rangers would bring him back for the playoff grind.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:30 pm

Blue Jackets re-sign Prospal for one season

Sorry Vinny, I am so SORRY!!!!

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