Vinny Prospal Wants to Come Back

New York Hockey DailyContributor IApril 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 11:  Vinny Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 11, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Rangers 2-1 after a shootout. The victory clinched a playoff berth for Philadelphia.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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One of the better free agent signings from a year ago happened was when the Rangers picked Vinny Prospal on a one-year $1.1 million deal off the scrap heap after the Tampa Lightning bought him out.

He had a very strong season and would have had an even better one if not for some mid-season arthroscopic surgery. At this point the Rangers need some work, just how much work is up for debate, but one of the question marks at this point is Prospal. They have not really made it clear how they feel about Prospal though, but he has made it clear he wants to stay.

“I was happy the New York Rangers took a chance with me,” Prospal said . “When I lost my job with the Lightning, I didn’t know what would happen. I was very glad I ended up as a New York Ranger.

“There is an interest on my end. I don’t like to change places in the first place. My kids, they need some stability. Hopefully, there will be interest on the New York Rangers’ end as well. I have an agent, we’ll have to do some talking and see how it plays out.”

Like I said, the Rangers have yet to make it known whether or not they want Prospal back. When discussing the future of this team Ranger's coach John Tortorella talked about keeping the core of this team together and weeding out some of the bad parts, but he never mentioned Prospal by name. It’s hard to imagine that he would be considered part of the core here, but it’s even harder to imagine him being a part of the problem.

The issue here might be Prospal’s value. The Rangers got him this offseason after he was jettisoned by the Lightning and they got him cheap. $1.1 million for one year. He was especially cheap when you compare his contract to those of Donald Brashear and Ales Kotalik , two other free agents the Rangers signed to awful deals.

The Rangers might want to sign him again, but this year the situation is different. If they have to pay him $3 million a year because he is coming off of a good season it might be best not to sign him. However, if they can get him to sign a similar $1.1 million deal then they’d be stupid to back off.

I think that the Rangers probably do want to resign him, but at this point it could be about dollars. He is also kind of low on their priorities right now. If they are indeed going to change some of the front office, that probably comes first, and then the restricted free agents might even come before Prospal too.

So sit tight, this seems like a situation that could take some time.

How do you feel? Would you like to see Prospal back in 2010-11?

You might think the Rangers would be bending over backwards to get him resigned, but so far they haven’t made it known whether they want him back or not. Part of the reason why he was such a good signing this year was because of his value

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