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Prospal receives one-year extension from Jackets

Wednesday, 02.08.2012 / 10:47 AM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a one-year contract extension for forward Vinny Prospal on Wednesday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed, but reports are that it is for $2.5 million. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports it also includes a no-trade clause.
 
Prospal, 36, has registered 9 goals, 33 points and 18 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks second on the club in points and is tied for third in goals. He was signed as a free agent by Columbus on July 23, 2011.
 
Vinny Prospal
Left Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 24 | PTS: 33
SOG: 115 | +/-: -13
"We are very excited to have Vinny signed for another year," general manager Scott Howson said. "His leadership and play on the ice have certainly been positives for us this season."
 
A third-round pick by Philadelphia in the 1993 Entry Draft, Prospal made his NHL debut with the Flyers in 1996-97 and has collected 236 goals, 713 points and 531 penalty minutes in 1,031 career games with Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, the New York Rangers and Columbus during his 14-plus NHL seasons.

He has registered five 20-goal seasons, eight campaigns with 50 or more points and missed just 13 games in eight seasons from 2001-10, appearing in 643 of 656 contests during that span. He has also appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine times, recording 10goals, 35 points and 26 penalty minutes in 65 games.
 
The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native has represented his country in international competition on several occasions, including at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He played in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships, winning the gold medal in 2005, and in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament. Prospal also represented the Czech Republic at the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championship.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1