Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Glen Sather has had conversations with ex-Ranger Vinny Prospal, who is training in the Czech Republic.
Brooks added that there's no indication the Rangers GM is prepared to offer Prospal a contract, but has not shut the door on that possibility.
Prospal had 30 points (12g, 18a) in 48 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.
...and the Rangers transformation into the 2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets (29-46-7, 65 pts) is almost complete.
...listen, I love Prospal's goal celebrations as much as the next guy, and God knows the Rangers could use a few more of those right now, but someone try to explain to me how a 38-year, without training camp is supposed to get into game shape and learn AV's system quickly enough to actually help this team before the injured Rangers return?
...plus bringing in an over the hill Prospal reeks of an early 2000s desperation Sather move. Instead of panicking, I'd much rather they add someone who actually, you know, deserves it. Like maybe Danny Kristo.
...although, Prospal is one of those heart and soul guys the Rangers are very much lacking right now and would come cheap. Plus, he'd likely take the spot of the underperforming Pyatt, Pouliot or Zuccarello. You know what, I think I just talked myself into wanting Prospal.
Last Friday, I actually asked you guys about signing Prospal on Twitter. Here were some answers...
he also didnt have Pyatt/Boyle/Zucc/Pouliot as his linemates... I know it will change, but the only Ranger currently on pace to exceed 45 pts this season is Brad Richards.
I fucking HATE Sather so much I am losing sleep at night. This reminds me of his stupidity in replacing Colton Orr with Donald Brashear. Sather obviously suffers from some form of dementia, yet continues to be allowed manage this team's roster. Scary shit. I think I will dress up as Sather for Halloween and scare the living hell out of fellow Ranger fans in my neighborhood.
The only reason sather should look at prospal is to replace Arniel - we need a shakeup not a 40 yr old winger - either play the kids or make a trade - Pyatt. Boyle etc need to go..........
its called Low risk high reward for those hating. 700-850k for season for guy who will play his heart out. chip in 30-45 points and bring leadership to the room. also would make Sather cut dead weight in someone like Pyatt.
Wait... what the canucks are 8-4-1... I did not realize that... Fucking A... I want Torts back so badly. I dont care what you guys say...
He's worked well with the Rangers before, he can score points and most important he is a great vet with personality who can hopefully motivate this locker room.
I say wait and see what Hags does to the team chemistry and if there is no improvement -well why not sign Vinny -its a no lose signing.
just the fact were promoting this much time to prospal shows exactly where these rangers are going as a team, nowhere.
Vinny is one tweak of a skate away from destroying his knees forever. Say no to Prospal. Great character guy but no thanks.
i wouldn't mind having Prospal. He is hard working character guy, and a veteran in this league. He can't be worse than Py(lon)att and Pouliot
Id take the passion and vet presence Incthe locker room but . Cut the cord on powe and pyatt and boyle and mdz Get a ott or simonds type player big tough can score . Has heart . A leader with a big mouth in the locker room . Since av refuses to get involved . A Messier type in the locker room .
The New York Rangers have a goals for/against ratio in 5-on-5 situations of just 0.30. In fact, through eight games this season, the Rangers have scored just six goals when both teams were at full strength. To give that some context, the team with the least 5-on-5 goals last season was New Jersey with 65 in 48 games. The worst ratio was Florida’s 0.57.
Richards, Kreider, Hagelin, Pyatt, Zuccarello, Fast, Moore, Boyle, Pouliot, Brassard, Stepan, Staal, Girardi, DelZotto, Stralman, these are all players who don't fight, fight back, rarely check, or hit. And whats our answer? Lets sign more of them! This is not a hockey team, its Disney on Ice. Time to log off... my blood pressure is getting high.
Ok I know we are in desperation mode now, but Prospal? Really? Guy was good when he was here and I liked him a lot, however he is what this team has too much of already, slow penalty killers... Idc about systems, this guy is straight up old, why is he not signed with a team right now? Now it's one thing if New Jersey signed him and he went there and scored 30, but this is the Rangers people, he will come here and be Darrell Powe...
Why not sign him? Wouldn't be giving up anything to get him except cap space. If he can represent an improvement over even one player (I'm looking at you, Pyatt) isn't it worth it? He wouldn't be some sort of savior to the team (obviously lol) but he can probably still produce more than what Pyatt is doing right now. Last season the Arnott experiment didn't go through, and the Hamrlik experiment failed. Maybe it's time for one of our old guy experiments to work.
Un-Fuc#ing Believable! This reeks of the desperate move late last year (Zuccarello) and how is that working out? We need to become a team that is at least tough to play against. No one is afraid to come into N.Y. to play the Rangers. In fact, they are licking their chops. Sather has painted himself into a corner, and it is time for him to go. No way he can pull a rabbit out of his ass on this one.
And he can provide some leadership which they're lacking at the moment...he'll come cheap, so what the hell
What's wrong with vinny? he and gabby had a good connection jere in ny so maybe he and nash can share a similar success
I actually think Prospal would be a good pick up. He's not hardcore grind kinda guy, but he see's the ice well and is a decent defensive minded forward, and had a pretty productive year in Columbus. I'd definitely prefer him over Powe/Pyatt offensively. If I recall correctly, he was pretty sound on the pk too...
If this happens I am just going to lose it.... This is not the move we need at all, but something I can totally see Sather doing... GODDAMIT
@NYR44 TRADE EVERYONE ! it really is quite disappointing...
@jslnyr1102 been looking for it the whole season
@mmaselNYR Yep, let's keep reaching into that bag of garbage, looking for a prayer. Don't you get it? These useless players take up a roster spot of someone who would be TOUGH to play against. Find another Prust!
@jvr Rangers, by far. The Sabres have a cache of young players they recently drafted, and two valuable trade assets in Miller and Vanek, not to mention, they are $5M under the salary cap.
Having said that if we had signed him in the offseason over Zuccarello... we would probably have 4 or 5 wins right now
@MikeBlue @mmaselNYR I'm all for finding another Prust. I wish we still had the old Prust. But I'd still rather have Prospal over Pyatt. Maybe you say Prospal is "useless" and found "in a bag of garbage" but he still had more points that all but FOUR Rangers last year. He's not as useless as some of the guys currently on our roster.