Up next in Scouting The Market: Our old friend Vinny Prospal. Read the other Scouting The Markets here.
Vinny Prospal was the Rangers alternate captain last year, and had a great year, putting up a line of 20-38-58. The 35 year old foward play wing and center, and meshed well with Marian Gaborik.
Prospal isn’t the best defensive player, but he plays hard, and scores goals. The Rangers need that. He proved to be a great presence in the locker room, and was well-respected.
Prospal was a bargain last year. He only made $1.1 million. Still, with his age, I wouldn’t expect that to go much higher.
The problem with re-signing Prospal is that you’re bringing back essentially the same team as last year. Which, if you take away the middle 40 games, wasn’t a bad team. But, you can’t take away those games. They underachieved, and if you bring back Prospal, you’re not sending a great message to your fans.
If they re-sign Vinny, here’s what the lines could look like:
It’s a lot like last year’s team. Hell, it is last year’s team. What do you think? Bring back Vinny? Let us know in the comments.
Vinny Prospal has exceed expectations this season. Prospal has put up a 17-35-52, all while playing solid defensive hockey and earning an “A” on his sweater. He’s been a bargain.
His one year deal will be up at the end of the season, and he’ll be 36. Is he worth re-signing? Will he duplicate this performance next year?
I think the Rangers should re-sign him. He’s been a great mentor for the young players, and if he does half of what he did this year, it will be worth it. Sign him for one year.
What do you think? Should the Rangers re-sign Prospal?
As per Arthur Staple of Newsday, Rangers forward Vinny Prospal has made it public that he does not want to be traded by Wednesday’s trade deadline:
“I’m very happy with the way things are going here,” he said, noting that his agent and Sather have had no discussions on a contract extension. “The most important thing is I have family here, the kids are in school and I don’t like the thought of being away from them for who knows how long.
The way this quote is phrased, it sounds like Prospal wants to stay a Ranger in the future as well. If he wants to play for under $2 million, then I’m all for it. After all, he is getting $1.16 million a year from TB through 2014-2015.
After the Rangers went down 2-0 in last night’s game against Montreal, coach John Tortorella decided to “shake up” the lines. And by shake up, I clearly mean reuniting Brandon Dubinsky with Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik. With all due respect to Erik Christensen, who played admirably, Dubinsky belongs up front with those two, and is the most productive when he is with them.
Before Dubinsky shattered his hand, this trio contributed for roughly half of the Rangers goals from the forward position. Dubinsky is exactly what this line needs. A tough center who will go to the dirty areas, get the puck to the skilled players, and then plant himself in front of the net, as he did on that brilliant Prospal feed.
It is time to let that line be. No more impulsive line changes, where you insert Sean Avery, or Artem Anisimov, to try and get some new blood flowing. Just leave them alone. Those three are made to play with each other. They just click. It’s not always about putting the best players on a line together, it’s about putting the players that work the best together on a line. Prospal-Dubinsky-Gaborik just works.
The injured Vinny Prospal will be back in the lineup tomorrow night against the Devils, which is nothing but great news for the Rangers. As per Jim Cerny’s twitter, Prospal will be back on the top line with Marian Gaborik. A bit of a surprise here is that Erik Christensen will be the pivot on that line. Brandon Dubinsky has been dropped to wing on a different line with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan.
Christensen has earned his spot on the top line with Prospal and Gaborik. He may not be the most talented player, but he gets the job done. It isn’t always about putting the best center on the line, but about putting the center that works the best with Gaborik and Prospal on the line. Good for Christensen, I hope he can keep it up.
As per Larry Brooks’ twitter, Rangers forward Vinny Prospal will be out anywhere from ten days to three weeks to have his knee ‘scoped. This is something the Rangers can ill afford to happen right now, but it has happened, so they will need to deal.
How they deal will be a tough task. Who lines up with Marian Gaborik now? Will it be Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery? Artem Anisimov and Chris Higgins? No one knows for now.
The Rangers team on Gaborik’s back just got heavier.
With the Olympics around the corner, and the announcement of rosters just days away, it’s time to break down which Rangers will be heading to Vancouver.
Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden
Marian Gaborik, Slovakia
What, you thought these guys would be staying home?
ON THE BUBBLE:
Chris Drury, USA
Ryan Callahan, USA
Vinny Prospal, Czech Republic
Marc Staal, Canada
I think Drury’s recent hot streak helps him. He’s an unbelievable penalty killer. And a great leader. But, he may not score enough to make it. Same with Callahan. Will he provide enough offense for USA to take him? He’d be a hell of a 3rd liner, though. Prospal is interesting. He probably wasn’t on the radar at the beginning of the year. But, he’s had a such a good year, and he can really set up some of the big stars. Staal is probably a long-shot. He hasn’t had a great year, offensively, but he can be a shut down defenseman. I think 2014 is more likely for him.
Anyone I’m missing?
According to Jim Cerny, Vinny Prospal has been named alternate captain, joining Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury as the designated leaders of the team. Prospal has most definitely earned it. He has been productive, and by all accounts, an incredible leader. Good for Vinny.
When the Rangers signed Vaclav “Vinny” Prospal, it was thought of as an afterthought by some (although credit to Dave, who called it a steal). I was in the “afterthought” category. Yeah, he’s a good player, but he’s getting old, and there has to be a reason he was bought out by the Lighting. Well, I was wrong. Vinny has been an absolute steal. He’s the first line winger, who has brought a lot to the power play as well.
So far, he has 10 points in 7 games. 3 goals, 7 assists. Not bad for an afterthought singing. I don’t think Prospal will repeat his 2005-06 season, when he tallied 80 points. But, he might come close. Playing with Gaborik, playing with an improved power play unit, he has the chance to put up monster numbers. Think 25-35-60. If the Rangers continue this roll, you can count Vinny as one of the reasons why. We hate on Glen Sather a lot. Some of it is deserved. Some of it is not. This was one of his BEST signings, and it came cheap. Way to go, Slats.
Disclaimer: It has only been two games, so let’s not get too excited over the results of the two games
Since the breakup of the Straka-Nylander-Jagr line, the Rangers have been hard-pressed to find consistent primary scoring. Scott Gomez and Chris Drury couldn’t mesh with Jagr, and it showed on the scoreboard, putting up a very un-Jagr like 71 points. When Jagr bolted for Russia, the Rangers were left with no one who struck fear in their opponents eyes. The Rangers, of course, barely cracked 200 goals, putting up 210 goals, including the extra goal for winning in a shootout.
This past offseason, management looked to change the Rangers into a scoring team. Gone is Scott Gomez, and his $7.3 million cap hit, and in is Marian Gaborik, one of the best players in the league when healthy. In a very under-publicized move, the Rangers also brought in the recently bought-out Vinny Prospal from Tampa, which I initially predicted would bring in huge results.
What we have seen so far —again, mind the disclaimer— is a line that has put up 8 points (5 G, 3 A) in the first two games of the season. There is no way they keep this pace up, but what is more important here is that this line is dominant when on the ice. They keep control of the puck in the offensive zone for a good portion of their shifts. When players as talented as Gaborik are in the offensive zone this long, they become more and more dangerous. While it is unlikely that Dubinsky keeps up his pace (2 points a game), it is possible for Gaborik to keep up a slightly slower pace (currently 123 point pace) if he plays the full year. Is it out of the realm of possibility for Gaborik to put up 100 points?
There are some other positives here too. Clearly, when you control the puck in the offensive zone for so long, the chances of the opposing team scoring are minimal. This also leads to drawing more penalties.
The season is still in its infancy stages, but you have to like what you’re seeing from the line of Prospal-Dubinsky-Gaborik. This is what a primary scoring line should play like.