Blue Jackets sign Prospal
|New York Rangers center Vaclav Prospal and left wing Brandon Dubinsky celebrate Prospal's goal to tie their game with the Washington Capitals in the third period of Game 3 of their NHL Eastern Conference hockey playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets signed veteran pivot Vinny Prospal to a one-year contract on Saturday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Dispatch reported the deal is worth $1.75 million.
"Vinny Prospal is a proven top-six forward in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him playing that role for our hockey club," said Columbus general manager Scott Howson. "We are very pleased to be able to add a player of his caliber to our team at this late date in the free agency process."
The 36-year-old native of the Czech Republic had his 2010-11 season interrupted at the start due to right knee surgery, which kept him out of the lineup until February. He rebounded to post nine goals and 23 points in 29 games for the New York Rangers.
A former third-round pick of the Flyers in the 1993 draft, the well-traveled center has totaled 227 goals and 680 points over 978 NHL games with Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and the Rangers since 1996.
In 65 playoff games, he has added 10 goals and 35 points.