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03-20-2011, 03:56 PM
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He goes to the back of the line with so many RFAs.

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03-20-2011, 04:26 PM
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i always say we should let him walk but I am assumung alot with Richards coming in and letting kids play. If he comes cheap maybe but the injuries scare me

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03-20-2011, 04:28 PM
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If he comes cheap then I'd resign him. I love what he does for the team.

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03-20-2011, 04:35 PM
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I don't think we can re-sign him.

Hard to say that about a guy who has produced like he has, but he doesn't have the speed to keep up with our style of play for long. If Zuccarello progresses he should be able to fill the role Prospal does right now, with better legs.

Prospal is still a 70 point hockey player but he is on a beer leaguer's legs.
I realize you are half joking here, but come on! This guy was never known for his speed, and is not in this lineup because of his speed. He brings things to the team that youngsters like Zucc can't. His experience and play-making ability cannot be overlooked. But sure, lets fill this team up completely with fast and talented youngsters. It works for Edmonton!!

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03-20-2011, 04:45 PM
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Hell, you won't hear me advocating scratching him the rest of the way or anything. But I get the feeling that if we give him another year he will end up being more of a liability than an asset.

I suppose it couldn't hurt if he wants to sign super cheap, especially if we can't get a Brad Richards, but I wouldn't expect much over a full season.

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03-20-2011, 05:05 PM
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I would rather have him back than Erik Christensen.

I he becomes a liability as some suggest, dump him in Hartford and he'll retire.

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03-20-2011, 05:18 PM
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This is assuming Prospal still does want to play. He definitely is still very passionate about the game, but he has a bum knee and he's getting old.

If he wants to, offer him a cheap deal and let him be a PP specialist (assuming we get Richards.) I think he's really done great stuff on our PP.

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03-20-2011, 05:26 PM
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Im a prospal hater but on the PP and off zone draws where back checking or getting in on the forecheck fast to gain possession aren't a premium he has been very very good lately at creating offense . 5-5 even Torts has said he has been up and down and called his play Brutal 5-5 today . Don't bring him back .

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03-20-2011, 05:55 PM
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With Kreider and one of Hagelin, Werek, Grachev, Thomas on the way.

No thanks to Prospal and Fedotenko returning.

They played well, but it'll be time to move on in the summer.

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03-20-2011, 05:57 PM
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Prospal has definitely lost a step, but brings leadership and help to our PP. I'd take him back cheap.

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03-20-2011, 06:05 PM
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I'd like to see him stay as a UFA and sign later in the season as a veteran forward for playoff depth. It'd keep him fresh and give the kids playing time for the regular season games.

He also may retire.

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03-20-2011, 06:08 PM
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Depth and experience are immensely important, especially in a young organization like ours. He seems to love it here and has an infectious demeanor about him. He celebrates every goal like its his first one. I would love to keep him around on the cheap.

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03-20-2011, 06:50 PM
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With today's game done, I believe he is on a nine game point scoring streak with a few of those points coming on the PP. That gives him 5 goals and 17 points in 20 games. I always find myself yelling at Prospal from my couch every now and then as he does make some stupid plays, but he really does seem to get the rest of the team and especially Gaborik going.

Will we re-sign him with all the young talent coming in? Does he fit?
Sign him.. Is it is coincidence or not that Gaborik is starting to heat up once Prospal started playing like he was last year?

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03-20-2011, 07:00 PM
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I would rather have him back than Erik Christensen.
If that's the choice it is indeed a no-brainer. Prospal brings much more to the table, even though EC has his particular gifts.

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03-20-2011, 07:40 PM
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I would rather have him back than Erik Christensen.

I he becomes a liability as some suggest, dump him in Hartford and he'll retire.
I pretty much agree w/ Prospal over EC but Prospal has to be agreeable to a few things like cheap salary, possibly healthy scratched, possibly demoted/retired if he can't go. If he's agreeable to those terms I'd like him back.

It'd be his "up" year as well right?

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03-20-2011, 07:50 PM
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If it's either Prospal or Feds, who do you bring back? I doubt we'll sign both.

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03-20-2011, 08:02 PM
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Agree with most of the posts.
Kudos to the guy for effort.
The reality is he has really bad knee issues w/age which = minimum mobility.

If he takes minimum $, he can be a cheap insurance policy at Hartford. If we get a couple of guys injured in the same position all at once.

If he's there, and another team has such a situation, and would give a #4 or #5 pick, I wouldn't begrudge him chance to return to the NHL for another year.

But our actual spots, barring multiple F injuries, have to be for the younger guys.

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03-20-2011, 08:05 PM
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If it's either Prospal or Feds, who do you bring back? I doubt we'll sign both.
I'd take Feds, he's been great with Boyle and Prust. But Prospal has shown chemistry with Gabby too.

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03-20-2011, 08:08 PM
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Someone I'd prefer to the two of them would be Mike Knuble, if the price is right.

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03-20-2011, 08:19 PM
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Experience is important.

And that's why we are most likely going after Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards in July.

Acquiring Richards eliminates the need for Prospal and Fedotenko.

Kreider is going to be on the team in October. And we need to retain our RFA's.

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03-20-2011, 08:33 PM
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Experience is important.

And that's why we are most likely going after Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards in July.

Acquiring Richards eliminates the need for Prospal and Fedotenko.

Kreider is going to be on the team in October. And we need to retain our RFA's.
think both kreider and hagelin will be in hartford with chris replacing wolski and hagelin replacing f-tank in 2 seasons.

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03-20-2011, 08:36 PM
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imo itl be either feds or prospal, too much youth to give a spot to a guy that might not be able to keep it up for 82 games in prospal.

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03-20-2011, 09:09 PM
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No bonus cushion next year. I like Prospal, but I wouldn't offer more than 1 year / 1 mil. Yeah, we have a lot of young guys, but we don't know if any of them are ready. If not, we'll need a good, cheap vet like Prospal.

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03-20-2011, 09:47 PM
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Why is everyone so quick to pencil in Kreider for a spot on the team next year. The kid isn't even close to a PPG player in the NCAA and some of you want him over a veteran like Prospal.

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If he's willing to sign a 1-year deal, I don't see why not. He's a good soldier, loves the organization, and is a great role model for the kids.

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