Good guy, very good player, fun to watch.
So Prospal — who played golf with my dad a few weeks ago — went free agent, and signed yesterday with Columbus for one year, $1.75 million and incentives.
“Vinny Prospal is a proven top six forward in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him playing that role for our hockey club,” Columbus GM Scott Howson said. “We are very pleased to be able to add a player of his caliber to our team at this late date in the free agency process.”
Howson had tweeted that he hoped Prospal will fill the hole left by Kristian Huselius’ injury.
And we all know that Prospal, 36, will be a capable player, perhaps a top-6 forward, and that he will produce and energize and play in all situations, dependably … if his knees hold up. We also know that John Tortorella would have loved to have had him back … if there was reason to believe his knees will hold up.
Good luck to him.
In case you missed it, too, Rangers’ 2009 seventh-round pick Mikhail Pashnin (No. 200 overall, he was the KHL’s first overall pick in the ’09 draft shortly before the NHL’s entry draft) will play in North America this year.
Meaning Pashnin, 21, a smallish but rugged defenseman, will be at training camp and trying to make the team, which has a glut of young defensemen. He impressed at the team’s prospects camp earlier in the summer. Interesting.
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Prospal: AP Photo. Pashnin: rangers.nhl.com