According to multiple outlets, GM Scott Howson of the Columbus Blue Jackets has taken one potential scoring forward out of the trade deadline madness to occur on Feb 27, giving former-Ranger Vinny Prospal a one-year, $2.5 million extenstion today. The 36-year-old Prospal had been linked to multiple teams, including the Rangers, as a target to trade for.
More after the jump.
The details of the jump from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
Prospal extension worth $2.5 million, same he’s earning this year.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 8, 2012
To clarify: Prospal cap hit this year is $2.5 million but that includes bonuses; New extension is $2.5 M straight salary without any bonuses — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 8, 2012
In terms of cost, acquiring Vinny Prospal from the dreadful Blue Jackets wouldn’t have cost as much as some of the higher-profile names supposedly available. A mid-level prospect or mid-round draft pick would’ve sufficed, but Prospal is the Blue Jackets 2nd leading scorer behind Rick Nash with 33 points and the team is very fond of his leadership qualities.
Aside from his abilities on the power play, bringing back Vinny Prospal isn’t the best idea. He’s another bottom-six player at this point of his career and the Rangers have a glut of that type of player on their roster at the moment. Although, it would’ve been cool to see a couple more Prospal goal celebrations. Nonetheless, the Blueshirts will have to look elsewhere if they intend to improve their club in the coming weeks.