The New York Rangers have signed left wing Vaclav Prospal to a one year deal for 1.1 million dollars. The 34-year-old has played with coach Tortorella when they both were in Tampa Bay and tallied a career high of 80 points.
Last year Prospal scored 19 goals with 26 assists tallying 45 points. In the twelve years Vaclav has played in the NHL, he has averaged 50 points a season.
Knowing Tortorella’s style of play, Prospal should be a very good addition to the team. Not only does he play left wing, but he is also a solid center. This was a good pick up for the Rangers and the price was perfect.
Vaclav has been a very solid, all around player with a very quick shot. However, he has been inconsistent with his goal scoring and last year was his worst season in seven years. Look for him to have a decent year.
The Rangers have not been able to come to terms with young center Brandon Dubinsky who is looking for a multi year deal. As of right now the Rangers are looking for Brandon to play on the first line with Gaborik and either Chris Higgins or Sean Avery on right wing.
As of right now the Rangers and Dubinsky will not be able to come to terms on a multi year deal and Dubinsky will be playing on his one year qualifying offer of $698,500
In the case that Brandon cannot handle the first line position, Prospal will take it over. If this happens Prospal’s numbers should improve greatly.
From the way it looks right now, the Rangers have acquired very solid, all around players who can also score goals. With the exception of a few, we will be looking at a completely new team. So far this has been a very good offseason for the Rangers. This team should be a much better team than past years.
I cannot wait to see how these guys play together. October cannot come soon enough!