|Assets:||Saw the ice well and got the puck to an open man effectively. Usually played with intensity and didn't back down from challenges. Could play both wing and center. Produced points quite naturally.|
|Flaws:||Lacked consistency in all facets of the game. At times, his instigating qualities were detrimental to his team. Was also a below-average skater. Defense was never a real strong point with him.|
|Career Potential:||Solid, versatile playmaker.|
|AHL||First All-Star Team||1996-97|
|Olympic||Olympic Gold Medal||1998 (Czech Republic)|
|Olympic||Olympic Bronze Medal||2006 (Czech Republic)|
|1/24/2014||Announced his retirement.|
|10/28/2012||Signed with HC Mountfield (Czech Republic).|
|2/08/2012||Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a one-year contract extension.|
|7/23/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a one-year contract.|
|2/03/2011||Missed 53 games (right knee surgery).|
|2/01/2011||Right knee surgery, day-to-day.|
|10/06/2010||Right knee surgery, injured reserve.|
|7/01/2010||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|1/12/2010||Missed 7 games (arthroscopic knee surgery).|
|12/29/2009||Arthroscopic knee surgery, late January.|
|8/16/2009||Signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|7/29/2009||Waived by the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|6/30/2008||Signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a multi-year contract.|
|6/18/2008||Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|4/02/2008||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|2/25/2008||Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|4/21/2006||Missed the last game of the regular season (upper body injury).|
|4/18/2006||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|9/17/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the HC Ceske Budejovice (Cze-Rep.2).|
|8/16/2004||Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|7/17/2003||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Migthy Ducks of Anaheim to a five-year contract.|
|1/21/2003||Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.|
|8/13/2002||Re-signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a one-year contract.|
|12/27/2001||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/10/2001||Acquired from the Florida Panthers.|
|1/21/2001||Acquired from the Ottawa Senators.|
|7/23/2011||Signed as a unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|8/16/2009||Signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers.|
|6/18/2008||Philadelphia Flyers traded Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 7th draft selection in 2008 and a conditional draft selection in 2009.|
|2/25/2008||Tampa Bay Lightning traded Vaclav Prospal to the Philadelphia Flyers for Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009.|
|8/16/2004||Mighthy Ducks of Anaheim traded Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2nd round pick (Brendan Mikkelson) in 2005.|
|7/17/2003||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Migthy Ducks of Anaheim.|
|7/10/2001||Florida Panthers traded Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Johnson and a 6th round selection in 2003.|
|1/21/2001||Ottawa Senators traded Vaclav Prospal to the Florida Panthers for future considerations.|
|1/17/1998||Ottawa Senators traded Alexandre Daigle to the Philadelphia Flyers for Vaclav Prospal, Pat Falloon and 2nd round selection in 1998.|
|6/26/1993||Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round (71st overall) in 1993.|
Vaclav Prospal okay with retirement | 01/30/2014 8:27 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal is okay with his retirement from hockey.
ImpactThe soon to be 39-year-old inked a tryout with the Canucks AHL affiliate in Utica last week but decided to retire after one practice. "It was 'What am I doing here? Why am I not with my family? Why am I doing this?'," Prospal said. "So I called my wife. I called my agent. And that was it. I retired. And right after I made the decision, oh, a weight came off me. It felt like I was finally free of all the pressure. I don't have to prove to anybody that I'm better than the guy sitting next to me. I don't have to fight off that guy fighting for my job, or the other guy trying to take my spot on the power play. I just felt such a relief." Prospal had 255 goals and 765 points in 1,108 NHL games with seven teams. We wish him well in retirement.
Vaclav Prospal formally announces retirement | 01/28/2014 12:26 PM
NewsVaclav Prospal has officially retired from the NHL.
ImpactProspal seemingly had the opportunity to extend his career by signing with Vancouver's AHL affiliate in Utica, but he decided it was time to hang up his skates. "I loved playing hockey, I loved scoring goals and I loved being a part of the NHL for so many years," Prospal said. "That said, within minutes of me stepping on the ice for practice last week in Abbotsford, I knew that I wanted to focus on something that was more important than hockey, my family." He had 255 goals, 765 points, and 581 penalty minutes in 1,108 career games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vaclav Prospal officially retires from NHL | 01/25/2014 9:54 AM
NewsOn the verge of signing a minor-league tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks' organization, former Blue Jackets forward Vinny Prospal opted instead to retire Friday.
ImpactProspal, 38, played 16 seasons and 1,108 games for seven organizations. In 130 games with the Blue Jackets, he had 28 goals and 57 assists and became known around the league for his over-the-top goal celebrations. Prospal delighted many Jackets fans during a win over the Detroit Red Wings late last season when he emerged from a scrap with defenseman Niklas Kronwall and pointed at the scoreboard to taunt him. He had made it known through his agent, Ritch Winter, that he wanted desperately to re-sign with the Jackets, but the team wasn't interested, even after a slow start when it struggled to score. The Jackets wanted to leave ice time available for young players such as Ryan Johansen, Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert and Jenner.
Report: Vaclav Prospal will retire from NHL | 01/24/2014 1:32 PM
NewsVaclav Prospal will reportedly announce his retirement.
Canucks.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactProspal has already informed the Vancouver Canucks of his decision after turning down an offer to play for AHL Utica. He had an up-and-down career, but when the dust settled, he had a remarkable 255 goals and 765 points in 1,108 games.
Writer suggests Rangers sign Vaclav Prospal | 10/26/2013 9:55 AM
NewsLarry Brooks of the New York Post is recommending in print that the New York Rangers sign free-agent forward Vaclav Prospal to add some offense.
Impact"Impossible as it may sound, the Rangers' lineup in Detroit on Saturday night will include only two forwards (Brad Richards with five and Derek Dorsett with one) who have scored a goal this season," Brooks writes. "Vinny Prospal is out there, a free agent who has been known to provide some pop and crackle, even if he won't win even a single foot-race; a free agent who was a popular and productive Ranger for a couple of seasons not all that long ago. True enough, he would be returning at 38 in a young man's league, and might have issues dealing with the pace, but the thing is, he always has. Yet, he has always found a way to produce, last year leading the Blue Jackets with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in the 48-game season after recording 55 points (16-39) the previous season." Brooks adds: "The Post has learned (Rangers general manager Glen) Sather has had conversations with Prospal, who is training in the Czech Republic, and his representative."
Vaclav Prospal not going to training camp | 09/08/2013 7:02 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal has yet to receive a contract offer from an NHL team.
ImpactThe 38-year-old forward played for the Blue Jackets last season and had 12 goals and 30 points in the 48 game truncated schedule. Columbus will need some scoring early in the season as their top free agent signing Nathan Horton, will miss at least the first two months of the season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery but there has not been a contract offer with training camp slated to begin on Thursday. Stay tuned.
Jackets in no rush to offer deal to Prospal | 07/10/2013 1:20 PM
NewsThe Blue Jackets don't appear likely right now to make a contract offer to Vinny Prospal.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Impact"Are we going to extend him an offer? We're not sure we want to do that yet," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We want to give him the proper respect if we do and he may not even want to do it. We always like to keep our options open, but I'd say right now we'll stand pat unless we make an offer to Vinny." According to Capgeek.com, the Blue Jackets have a little more than $2 million in cap space. Prospal, who had 30 points last season, made $2.5 million.
Blue Jackets may be interested in Prospal | 07/07/2013 8:08 AM
NewsThe Columbus Blue Jackets are still considering re-signing UFA Vaclav Prospal.
ImpactProspal wants to re-sign with the Blue Jackets and with newly signed Nathan Horton out of action until December at the earliest because of upcoming shoulder surgery, the team will need some help with their top-six forwards. Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games with the Blue Jackets in 2013 which translates into a 51 point season over a full 82 game schedule. Stay tuned.
Vaclav Prospal wants to stay in Columbus | 06/21/2013 9:59 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal wants to re-sign with the Blue Jackets.
ImpactProspal is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this ummer. "I want the public and the fans to know I'm not shutting the door on anything," Prospal said. "I want to come back. I want to be part of this team, especially after the way we played after the start. We've really turned a corner and I can see where this is going. It's going to be good here." That being said, the Blue Jackets are still weighing their options. Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games this season.
CBJ isn't committing to re-signing Prospal | 05/08/2013 9:21 AM
NewsColumbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen hasn't made a decision on whether to pursue pending unrestricted free agent Vaclav Prospal.
ImpactKekalainen did add that he's very satisfied with Prospal's performance this season. "He made a big contribution," Kekalainen said. "He always scores. I've seen him since he was a young kid. You always wonder how he does it, but every year he does it. He scores goals and has assists and contributes that way. He's had a great career, and I have a lot of respect for his career and the way he played this year." Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games.
Vaclav Prospal nominated for Masterton Trophy | 04/23/2013 7:40 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal is the Columbus Blue Jackets nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
ImpactThe trophy is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. "Vinny has helped us (coaches) out in a lot of ways," coach Todd Richards said. "It's his preparedness. It's his professionalism. It's his passion. He brings it all to the table, and he has for a long time now. He's a guy who knows how to have fun. He makes the work fun, and the guys feed off that. But he's also a guy who knows when it's time to get busy and get to work, and the guys see that, too." Prospal will become a UFA at the end of the season but does want to return to the Blue Jackets. Prospal has 12 goals and 29 points in 46 games this season.
Vaclav Prospal records two points Saturday | 04/14/2013 9:22 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal had a goal and an assist on Saturday.
ImpactProspal is now on a three-game point streak. With 11 goals and 26 points in 42 games, Prospal isn't exactly having a great season by his standards, but he might still finish the campaign on a strong note as the Blue Jackets compete for one of the final playoffs spots.
Prospal shines again in Jacket win | 03/30/2013 8:33 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal scored a goal and added an assist to pace the Blue Jackets to a 6-4 victory over the Flames Friday night.
ImpactThe 15-year veteran now has 20 points in 35 games. R.J. Umberger, Marke Letestu and Atrem Anisimov all registered two points in the win.
Vaclav Prospal takes shot at ex-Blue Jackets | 03/21/2013 10:24 AM
NewsThe Columbus Blue Jackets are riding high on an 11-game point streak heading into Friday's game against the Calgary Flames and Stanley Cup playoffs are in reach after a three-year hiatus, and Vaclav (Vinny) Prospal says it's because the team has finally learned how to win.
Impact"What drives an individual is to prove people wrong," Prospal said. "This is something that is awesome right now. You see us every day in practice. You see us after games. You see how different it is compared to last year. For us as an organization, we're finally learning how to win, how to play meaningful games down the stretch in the second half of a season. With all due respect to some of the players who were here prior, that wasn't always the case."
Vinny Prospal collects 3 assists Tuesday | 03/19/2013 11:15 PM
NewsVaclav Prospal earned an assist on three of Columbus' four goals in a 4-3 win over Nashville Tuesday.
ImpactHe has 18 points in 30 games this season. Jack Johnson earned two helpers in the contest, while Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist. Derick Brassard recorded the game-winning goal.
Vinny Prospal assessed misconduct Saturday | 03/10/2013 11:05 AM
NewsBlue Jackets coach was not pleased with the actions of Vinny Prospal towards the end of Saturday's 3-0 win over Detroit.
ImpactWith time winding down in the game, Prospal motioned to Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader to have a look at the scoreboard, an act for which he was assessed a 10-minute misconduct as well as a talking-to from his head coach. "I didn't like it," Richards said. "We're not about that." The issue was reportedly discussed amongst the team after the victory, but fantasy owners in rotisserie formats aren't exactly upset about the bonus 10 PIM racked up by Prospal.
Vinny Prospal earns 2 points in SO win Tues. | 03/05/2013 11:11 PM
NewsVaclav Prospal notched a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton Tuesday.
ImpactProspal has recorded at least one point in four straight games. He has three goals and two assists during that time to give him 14 points in 23 contests this season. Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout to give the Jackets the win.
Vaclav Prospal gets sixth goal of 2013 | 02/22/2013 10:37 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal netted his sixth goal of the season on Thursday.
ImpactProspal has gotten hot lately with four goals and six points in seven games this season. He's on pace to get 25 points this season and we think that's a reasonable projection for him.
Vaclav Prospal posts two points in OT loss | 02/07/2013 11:07 PM
NewsVaclav Prospal notched a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary.
ImpactHe scored at the 11:00 mark of the third period to send the game into an extra session and his assist came back in the opening period on Matt Calvert's first of the year. Mark Letestu netted a power-play goal and added a helper in the match as well.
Prospal: Playing during lockout was important | 01/11/2013 11:09 AM
NewsVaclav Prospal is glad that he decedied to play for Ceske Budejovice HC of the Czech league during the lockout.
Impact"It was the right decision we made at the time," Prospal said. "Quite honestly, I cannot imagine what kind of shape I would be in, or how I would look, if I had not played these last three months. I'm not 27. I'm not 17. I'm 37, and I'll be 38 next month. I needed to play. I don't have many years left. Who knows how many years I have left in the NHL?" Prospal had nine goals and 23 points in 19 Czech games. Without Jeff Carter and Rick Nash on the team, Prospal won't have a lot of offensive talent to play with. Still, he'll probably get first line duties with the Blue Jackets and have some fantasy value.
|Games||82||4 times-last: 2011-12 (CBJ)|
|Penalty Minutes||58||1998-99 (Ott)|
|Power Play Goals||10||2 times-last: 2007-08 (TB/Phi)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2009-10 (NYR)|
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