Live Long And Prospal: Canucks to Sign Veteran Winger to AHL Tryout

With their recent run of injuries to key forwards, reports indicate that Vancouver will sign soon-to-be 39-year old free agent winger Vinny Prospal to an AHL tryout contract as soon as tomorrow. Per Elliotte Friedman:

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As Elliotte Friedman mentioned, the veteran Prospal has a very respectable 765 points in 1,108 career games, split between the Flyers, Senators, Panthers, Lightning, Ducks, Rangers and Blue Jackets. Last year, he scored 12 goals and added 18 assists in 48 games, finishing 1st on Columbus in scoring.

He also carried some solid but unspectacular underlying metrics, with a +3 CorsiRel in some decently favourable deployment. It’s also worth noting that he’s a John Tortorella favourite, arriving in Tampa Bay the season after they won the cup – a year in which Prospal had 80 points in 81 games.

All in all, this is a very good no-risk depth move for Vancouver, and it possibly means that they plan to move one of their wingers (most likely Burrows) to centre should Santorelli and Henrik be out for a significant length of time. Of course, Prospal has to make the most of his tryout with Utica first, who are in Abbotsford this weekend to play the Heat.

  • antro

    If the Canucks valued 38 year old Mats Sundin at $10 million when the cap was $56.7 million, surely 38 year old Vaclav Prospal rates well above $5 million with the cap at $64.3 million.

    But are the Canucks willing to go the extra mile and tack on a second year…

  • Brent

    After tonight’s pathetic performance signing Prospal couldn’t hurt. As low risk as signing Santorelli. If he works out and can play then great…. If not? No harm done. Sundin was a much bigger deal.

  • Brent

    Was wondering when Torts-approved players would make their way into the Canucks’ line up.

    No objection by me on that. He’s won a cup and had decent success with the Rangers.

    Don’t know if Gillis has any kind of relationship with Sather to swing a few deals for Canuck dead weight.

    But I would not mind seeing a Stepan, a Callahan or Girardi pulling on a Canucks uniform.

  • Brent

    I suppose this is supposed to help, but really, this team just employed Dan Hamhuis once again on the PP.

    I like Hammer. I think he is an elite defensive defenceman. He’s got great wheels and 99.9 % of the time he makes at least a solid pass out of his zone. But in no way should he be on the power play. I worry that stubbornness is getting in the way of finding a solution to the PP’s problems. They just can’t accept that they are wrong on Hammer. He isn’t Duncan Keith and he can’t become him.

    It’s time they go with Edler and Garrison and live with whatever the hell they are afraid of on the PP. Once everyone is healthy: Sedin-Sedin-Kesler-Edler-Garrison. And live with it.

  • Brent

    Well that was short lived…

    Dan Murphy ‏@sportsnetmurph 2m
    After speaking with family and further consideration, Vinny Prospal has decided to retire and will not sign an AHL PTO with Utiac.