NHL Free Agency: 5 Reasons Not Signing Vinny Prospal Hurts the New York Rangers

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NHL Free Agency: 5 Reasons Not Signing Vinny Prospal Hurts the New York Rangers
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Vinny Prospal signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 1 year deal worth $1.75 million on Saturday. In my opinion this is one of the steals of free agency and if Columbus goes on to have a successful season, Prospal will be one of the reasons.

Having said that, Prospal cannot carry a team anymore at 36 years old. What he can do is provide good passing and an enthusiasm for the game that will spark any team. Prospal is coming off of knee surgery that cost him almost all of last season with the Rangers.

I am a big Vinny Prospal fan. When he came to the Rangers two years ago, I did not know a lot about him. I knew he was from Eastern Europe and after being bought out by the Lightning, I figured that he wasn't into the game of hockey like his teammates were and he was just collecting checks. Boy was I wrong. His work ethic and visible emotion makes him easy to like.

Prospal will be missed by the Rangers this season. I think this was a big mistake by Glen Sather, who I praised in another one of my articles.

So let's go over the 5 reasons the Rangers will miss Vinny Prospal

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