Prospal, who has opened the season on injured reserve after being sidelined for the exhibition season with right knee pain, may be able to rejoin the Rangers by the first week of December following Monday's procedure during which loose particles were removed from behind the joint.
It is believed those loose particles were responsible for the swelling in Prospal's knee that created pain that did not allow him to play.
And he's actually quite underrated as far as his play without the puck. Hopefully this procedure / down time combined with his age don't make him lose any significant speed. He's a good backchecker and reads the plays very well on both sides of the puck.
Edit: If Frolov and Gabby dont click then I flip Vinny and Fro
These are the lines I'd go with...basically sitting down EC and Fedotenko. Im sorry but I only see a marginal upgrade in Vinny over Tenko and no upgrade in Drury over EC (I'm afraid I'm being too generous to Drury here).
I certainly am not tempering my expectations of this team based on Vinny and Drury being out.
Prospal hasnt scored less than 45 points in a season since 2001. And only below 54 points once in that timeline.
fedotenko's career high in points is 41, and averages in the 30's
Drury, in his worst offensive season ever, still put up more than EC's point total last year, and he is one of the top 10 in the league at killing penalties.
Yeah, they are upgrades. Pretty damn big ones too.
big fat myth. worst agility in the league among non-enforcers and non-kyle wellwoods. leaves his position in order to block a shot. flubs on clearing attempts way too often. not strong pker in the neutral zone or in the offensive zone. does not apply pressure on the defenseman, rather sits back and waits to attempt a shot block.
lets contrast that with Cally who actually is an excellent penalty killer. Cally has superb agility. it seems like he can defend 3 guys at once because he adjusts to where the puck is passed so well. You want to talk about eating clock? how many times have we seen Cally keep control of the puck in the offensive zone for 10, 15 seconds a clip. We also see Cally force miscues by the defense and turn them into breakaways or odd man rushes because he can pounce on the defenseman as hes receiving a pass (again, agility).