Vinny Prospal, New York Rangers
Prospal missed the first 53 games of the season because of a knee injury, but returned Feb. 3. The Rangers need a veteran defenseman, but how the soon-to-be 36-year-old responds to coming off major knee surgery could determine if GM Glen Sather is in the market for another forward as well. The Rangers have overcome a lot of injuries up front, but Prospal was a key guy for them last year and if he's productive that would be a huge boost to their chances of making a deep playoff run.
...probably going to be another week or so before Prospal feels 100% comfortable being back, so it's hard to give him a grade so far. His leadership is unquestioned and I'm really hoping he can regain the chemistry he had with Gaborik last year. Unfortunately, the Rangers are 0-3-0 since his return.
How about that last sentence...not only will Vinny, if he produces, help them make the playoffs but this guy believes a "deep playoff run".
This hard working team is starting to get people noticing.
I thought it was christensen last year who had best chemistry with Gaborik... frankly I don't think it's a chemistry thing but rather a Gaborik thing...
@Pete8 I actually hate when the media is positive about the Rangers it's when they start to struggle. At the beginning of the year everyone was down on them and they were great, now everyone's jumped on the bandwagon and poof struggles.
@ForEachNYR Great point.