As per Larry Brooks, the Vinny Prospal injury situation may be more severe than initially predicted. Prospal, who has been feeling a level of soreness in his right knee all summer, did not play in a single preseason game. He was recently advised to spend two weeks off his the ice. Unfortunately, it looks like there will be little cause for optimism following Prospal’s two week hiatus. It is unlikely that Prospal will return to skating, as initially planned, following those two weeks:
Meanwhile, a well-placed source has told The Post that there’s little reason for optimism that the condition of Vinny Prospal’s right knee will improve following his enforced two-week rest period. Indeed, we’re told it would be no surprise at all should the 35-year-old require surgery that would likely end his season, if not his career.
Of course, that quote doesn’t necessarily say that Prospal is going to need surgery, but it does say that it is unlikely Prospal will see any improvement following his two week break. Should there be little or no improvement, there are few options left for Prospal, who at 35 years old doesn’t heal as quickly. He can either wait it out longer, which may or may not work, or he can have surgery, which will end his season. Either way, if Prospal’s knee doesn’t heal up after these two weeks, and signs point to this situation occurring, then the Rangers will be without their alternate captain for an indefinite amount of time.