Apparently, Vinny Prospal has something to prove…
At least, according to a recent interview of John Tortorella by the NY Times’ Jeff Klein.
“He still has talent,” Tortorella said Tuesday of the 34-year-old Prospal. “I think he has something to prove. And Vinny Prospal is a pretty damn good player when he has something to prove. He’s a pain sometimes, which doesn’t matter. It’s a good intensity that he has. I think he can help us. He has some offensive skill. It’s a good signing. It’s a one-year deal, not a bunch of money, and this guy has something to prove. I think he’s a pretty good player when he has that kind of attitude. He’ll help us on the power play.”
Is it just me or does Torts often talk in segments? And loves to stress key points he’s trying to get across to his audience.
Tortorella is often a lightning rod when it comes to players who like to openly speak their mind or challenge their coach. He doesn’t back down and is always willing to get into a major confrontation (see: Game 5 of Washington series last post-season).
Prospal is a former combatant of Tortorella’s and his signing marks the second time the Rangers have brought in a player that’s considered ‘difficult’ (Sean Avery) despite Tortorella’s history of public fueding with the individual in question.