It was reported by NHL.com that a tryout contract is in the works for Vinny Prospal with the Vancouver Canucks. Lawrence Gilman, the Assistant General Manager of the Canucks, commented yesterday about the contract.
We’ll have the opportunity to watch him play, as will the other 29 teams, and at some point we may make a determination that we’ll offer him a NHL contract…
The report also goes on to say that Prospal will suit up for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, The Utica Comets, who are based in central New York, but happen to be playing two road games against Abbotsford this weekend.
He is expected to join Utica for Friday and Saturday games against the Abbotsford Heat, who play about a one-hour drive outside of Vancouver.
The Philadelphia Flyers drafted Vinny Prospal in the third round of the 1993 NHL draft, he was selected 71st overall. Prospal started his NHL career in the 1996-97 season for the Flyers, since then he has gone on to play 1,108 NHL games, scoring 255 goals and adding 510 assists for 765 career points. He only spent two season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but Prospal was a fan favorite. In 130 games for the Blue Jackets he scored 28 goals, and had 57 assists.
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.