Apparently Glen Sather and John Tortorella agreed with me in regards to Vinny Prospal. In a previous post I floated the idea of the Rangers looking at Prospal to address their lack of depth at the Center position. When I first mentioned the idea I met with some comments that gently reminded me that Prospal and Tortorella didn’t necessarily get along in their time together in Tampa. I rationalized the potential reunion by pointing out that Prospal enjoyed some of his best statistical seasons while playing for Torts in Tampa. The Lightning even re-acquired Prospal from the Ducks after Prospal had signed with Anaheim as a free agent. It figures that Torts liked Prospal enough that he signed off on then Tampa GM Jay Feaster’s move to bring Prospal back.
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Prospal figures to fill one of the top 2 center spots with the Rangers. He may even be fortunate enough to skate with Marian Gaborik. This development could result in Prospal continuing his trend of following up a lackluster season with a good season. After recording just 45 points in 82 games, Prospal should easily be in line for 60+ if playing with Gaborik for a full season.
Obviously I like this move for the Rangers as it gives them depth up front. Brandon Dubinsky can play on the 2nd line or with Gaborik on the #1 line. Drury can slide in at a wing on any line while I still see Artem Anisimov making this team and skating on the 3rd line. Prospal isn’t a first line Center but he certainly makes the Rangers better offensively.
Another note of interest for Rangers fans; Mark Messier has been hired as a special assistant to Sather. Messier has been very vocal in his desire to get back into the game in a front office capacity. He is approaching his new position with open eyes. He realizes that despite his 25 years of playing experience he still has a lot to learn on the business side of the game. The “Moose” will approach this job with the same intensity and level of dedication that he put into his on-ice career. It’s great to see Messier back in the NHL and it’s especially good that he is back where he belongs; with the Rangers.
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