The signing of Vaclav Prospal — still unannounced by the NYR — is a decent move. They are certainly thin enough up front, and you only need to look at the line combos a lot of you have put together in this space the last month or so to see that. Boyle? Arnason? Byers? Those guys might be fine, but how many of them can you have?
Prospal is a legit NHL forward. He can play, and he can play a few ways. He’s annoying (more on that in a minute) and he has some skills and he’s proven.
But, which Vinny are you getting? The 33 goals/71 points Vinny of 2007-08 or the 19 goals/45 points Vinny of 2008-09? And if it’s the ’08-09 model, well, how happy are you all going to be when he’s sitting there with 9 goals and 14 assists in December? Answer: Not very.
Now, back to the annoying part. I don’t remember all the details, so help me out if you do. There was a game in Tampa Bay when Prospal scored a late go-ahead goal against the Rangers and celebrated way over the top. And I remember the Rangers were really ticked off about it. I can’t recall if they attacked Prospal (my memory seems to think Todd Harvey or somebody else may have taken exception to it) and/or if the Rangers ended up coming back to win that game and ripping Prospal in the postgame interviews. It was something like that. I’m going to try to find my notes later on.
Sorry, I forgot to post the official Mark Messier announcement yesterday. Here it is, for those who didn’t figure to go to the Rangers’ site. I was at my niece’s graduation party all day. Family comes first.
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