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Flyers Trade Rights to Vaclav Prospal to Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have traded the rights to forward Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Nashville’s seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired by Tampa Bay) and a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

"Vinny really didn’t express much of an interest in coming back and playing for us next season,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “His heart is elsewhere.”

Prospal, 33, recorded four goals and 10 assists for 14 points and six penalty minutes in 18 regular season games for the Flyers this past season. He added 13 points (3G,10A) and six penalty minutes in 17 playoff games as the Flyers advanced to the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals.

He was re-acquired by the Flyers from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on February 25, 2008. Prospal registered 29 goals and 28 assists for 57 points and 39 penalty minutes in 62 games for the Lightning prior to joining the Flyers.

In 792 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 179 goals and 375 assists for 554 points and 421 penalty minutes.
He played parts of three seasons with the Flyers (1996-97, 1997-98 and 2007-08), posting 47 points (14G,33A) in 77 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.
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