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!!
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 .
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.
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?
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.
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.