If you haven’t heard the news by now, it has been reported by the Vancouver Canucks that they will be signing Vinny Prospal to a tryout contract, which means that Prospal will report to their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets – full details here.
The former Blue Jacket fan favorite spent two seasons with Columbus, but was not re-signed when his contract expired at the end of last season.
The veteran winger has played 16 seasons in the NHL, and will be 39 years old come February 17th. He has played for several teams during his lengthy career, including: PHI, OTT, FLA, TBL, ANH, NYR, and most recently CBJ.
In his 16 NHL seasons he has racked up 255 goals, and 510 assists for a total of 765 points in 1,108 NHL games. He played a total of 130 games for the Blue Jackets, scoring 28 goals and adding 57 assists for 85 points.
Since his contract was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning (after the 2008-09 season), Prospal has signed four 1 year deals, including his final contract with the Blue Jackets which was for $2.5 million. It was widely expressed by the Columbus fan base that they wanted Vinny back for at least another year, and it came as a shock that the new management didn’t re-sign the veteran. Now, Prospal has a chance to make one last impact in the NHL, but with another team.
There have been sources that say that Prospal has turned down the tryout contract offered to him by the Vancouver Canucks and that he will be retiring.