|Vaclav Prospal was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. (Getty Images) |
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6’1”, 195-pound forward Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“With the loss of forwards due to recent injuries, we felt that we needed to add some help to that position,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “We believe that Vinny will bring experience with the ability to produce offense."
"It is something that I kind of expected - not to go to Philadelphia - but being traded,” said Prospal. “My name has been mentioned all around the paper and there has been a lot of rumors. They had a decision to make and they basically dealt me away. I am glad that I am going to an organization that I already have been involved with. Philadelphia is a great place to play because they have awesome fans and I was drafted by Philadelphia, so I am basically coming back to where I started.”
Prospal, 33, recorded 29 goals and 28 assists for 57 points and 39 penalty minutes in 62 games for the Lightning this season. He was second on the Lightning in goals and third on the team in points. He was tied for the team lead in power play goals with nine. His 29 goals this season are a new career high.
In 774 career regular season games over 11 NHL seasons with the Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay and Anaheim Ducks (1996-97 through 2007-08), Prospal has registered 175 goals and 365 assists for 540 points and 415 penalty minutes.
He played parts of two seasons with the Flyers (1996-97 and 1997-98), posting 33 points (10G,23A) in 59 games. He was traded by the Flyers, along with Pat Falloon and Dallas’ second round pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, to Ottawa in exchange for Alexandre Daigle on January 17, 1998. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (71st overall) of 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
Picard, 22, was scoreless in four games for the Flyers this season. He recorded eight goals and 30 assists for 38 points and 31 penalty minutes in 53 games for the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, this season.
He has recorded three goals and 19 assists for 22 points and 23 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games for the Flyers over the last two seasons. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (85th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.