Lightning reaquire Prospal
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired the rights to forward Vaclav Prospal in exchange for Nashville’s seventh-round pick (previously acquired), 196th overall, in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft and a conditional pick in 2009, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced today.For his part, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Prospal wasn't all that interested in returning to Philadelphia (which may or may not have been related to the fact the Flyers are right up against the cap).
"After assessing the pending free agent market and receiving a great deal of input from our prospective new owners, the decision was made to attempt to pursue Vinny Prospal for a return engagement to Tampa,” Feaster said. “While we realize some of the risks involved in this strategy we also know that Prospal and [Vincent] Lecavalier have a very special chemistry together and getting Vinny back in the fold early would enable us to focus our time, attention and resources on other critical areas this summer while leaving our successful top line virtually in tact.">> team release
Prospal had some real difficulties in Tampa Bay last season, both with former coach John Tortorella and on defence. It'll be interesting to see what sort of contract he gets from the Lightning.