As contract negotiations with Brandon Dubinsky have hit a speed bump, the Rangers have signed 34-year-old free agent forward Vinnie Prospal to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.Obviously this is not yet confirmed by the teams or the NHL so it can't be considered anything more than a rumor at this point.
Prospal, who became unrestricted when the Lightning bought him out of the final three seasons of the four-year, $14 million contract he had signed with Tampa Bay last summer, is most effective on the wing but also can play center.
The plan at the moment is to give Dubinsky the opportunity to claim the center position on the first line that will feature Marian Gaborik on the right and either Sean Avery or Christopher Higgins on the left. But if Dubinsky cannot handle the assignment, Prospal, who is strong on the puck, probably would get the call.
Prospal, who is now known as Vinnie was once Vaclav Prospal. His best years, career wise, were spent in Tampa [Career Stats] He has also played for the Flyers, Panthers, Ducks and Senators. Most of his career he has played on the left wing (the majority of his time in Tampa he played shotgun to Lecavalier) but he can also play center.
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