Really surprised at this, happily surprised. But that said seems to be an indicator that we are going to stand pat at the deadline (No Nash or Carter trades) or we are going full rebuild and want Prospal to teach the kids. Not sure which one I prefer...
The fact that he was likely going to be dealt and, instead, volunteered to stay with the team, is remarkable & says a lot about him. Tie that in with the influence he's had on other players (Dorsett especially, who has said several times that he's upped his game by watching Vinny play), and we've got a damn quality piece that will stick around for at least a year.
My first thought... Wow. I can't believe he would want to re-sign here.
Then I thought... Wait, maybe a potential trade partner wanted him signed through next season as part of the deal.
Either way, good for him.
Whether he stays or goes, I wish him the best going forward in his career.
EDIT*** After seeing more information come out... no-trade clause, and the gentlemen's agreement... Prospal = classy guy. Welcome to Columbus for the stay.
From Portzline's twiiter... "Prospal's deal also includes a "gentleman's agreement" w #CBJ. He'll keep signing 1-year deals through the rest of his career, then take on a position with the organization. "His value goes way beyond the points," GM Scott Howson tell Dispatch."
Prospal's family is happy in Columbus from my understanding.
Mixed emotions on this one. Would have liked to get a prospect and worry about bringing him back in the off-season. But, if the team does go "nuclear" he's the sort of guy you want mentoring younger players.
If the Jackets take the "nuclear" route between now and next season, it's imperative to have some vets on the team who are positive role models on and off the ice and can show the younger players what it takes to win at this level. I view Prospal as one of those guys. We might find out over the next few weeks and months who might not be viewed in that light in the eyes of the org.
Prospal's deal also includes a "gentleman's agreement" w #CBJ. He'll keep signing 1-year deals through rest of his playing career, then take on a position with the organization. "His value goes way beyond the points," GM Scott Howson tells Dispatch.
I like it, but at the same time makes me think Howson is going to be around a long time lol.