Who Else Has a Very Hard Time Saying "No" to Prospal?
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05-04-2011, 07:36 PM
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I think he should undoubtedly be invited to camp. I wouldn't sign him before then, though.
This is somewhat a polarizing subject. On one side, you have the group penciling in Kreider, Hagelin, Grachev and McIlrath into next year's lineup. On the other side, you have Gagne - Richards - Gaborik on the top line with Pitkanen on the PP.
I fall somewhat in between. If no rookie forward proves themself better than Vinny and/or Feds, then by all means bring 'em both back. If, for the sake of argument, Prospal and Feds are invited to camp and Grachev puts on an exhibition of size, skill, responsibility in the defensive zone and cycling prowess, then I think it's worth it to let Ruslan go. Same goes for Prospal. If (again, however unlikely) Kreider gets signed and completely rips it up on the first line in training camp and pre-season, there's no need for Vinny.
If we went out and got a long term version of Wolski (barely 2nd liner for $3m+), then that starts to block prospects from even having a chance to make the team. If we have pretty much the team we recently iced, minus a couple UFA's plus a couple prospects, we'd again have the same trouble making the playoffs if not more. If Propsal, Fedotenko and even Eminger IMO, are offered tryouts you basically hedge your bets. I don't think there are GM's lining up around the corner to sign either of them, so I think there's a good chance that they'd both be available on a tryout basis.
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