Columbus Blue Jackets: Will Vinny Prospal Be Back Next Season?

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The Blue Jackets did so with little star power for most of the year, and will have trade deadline acquisition Marian Gaborik for a full schedule beginning in the fall. Leading the way for the Blue Jackets this season was veteran forward Vinny Prospal, who had 12 goals and 30 points. The 15-year veteran turned in a surprisingly great season, and is set to be a free agent this summer. The Blue Jackets would be wise to try and keep him around if he wants to play another season, and if he decides to retire instead he is certainly going out with a bang. While Mark Letestu lead the team with 13 goals, Prospal’s 18 helpers and 30 points were tops in those categories. He had two game-winning goals as well as a handful of multi-point games, leaving little room to argue that he was one of the bigger factors in the Blue Jackets’ surprising run. Prospal has now played more than 1100 career games, scoring 255 goals and putting up 765 points. This season showed that he still has something left in the tank, and he would be a great piece for the Blue Jackets to bring back. With many young players getting their shot this season or soon, having another veteran leader around would be a great course of action for the team. Signing goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a long-term deal is obviously the Blue Jackets’ top priority, but extending an offer to Prospal should be one of their next moves after that. Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. source:

EA Sports NHL 14 cover: Vote for Sergei Bobrovsky because he’s awesome and stuff

Sports Remind me when I share | Not you? Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience EA Sports NHL 14 cover: Vote for Sergei Bobrovsky because he’s awesome and stuff By Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy  –  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Getty ImagesIn honor of the valorous and heartbreaking way, the Columbus Blue Jackets closed the season, we only want good things for the franchise. Winning the Draft Lottery after losing it last year would be a nice start. Maybe an All-Star Game at some point. A little postseason awards love for Sergei Bobrovsky would be welcomed, too. But there’s another accolade that could come Bob’s way, and we all can control whether or not it happens: Bobrovsky is one of 32 NHL players in contention for the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 14, the latest title in the World’s Greatest Hockey Video Game series. Bobrovsky is one of three goalies still in the tournament, trying to become the first netminder since John Vanbiesbrouck in 1997 to make the cover. Coming up, the field of 32 for the NHL 14 cover voting. Here they are, via the official Twitter hashtags. As you can see, none of the odder candidates from the initial vote – Brandon Yip of the Nashville Predators , Lee Stempniak of the Calgary Flames, Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers, Teddy Purcell of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Matt Beleskey of the Anaheim Ducks – made it through to the round of 32. So much for winning one for the Yipper … From EA Sports: The second round of the EA SPORTS NHL® 14 Cover Vote, which begins today and ends May 5, shifts to a 32-player leaderboard format where the top 16 vote-getters advance to a 16-player bracket. The winner of the cover vote campaign will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL® 14 Cover Athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. source:

Blue Jackets to select 14th overall at 2013 NHL Draft

2009 – Not eligible for Drawing. NY Islanders (No. 1) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick. 2010 – Entered in No. 4 position and earned No. 4 pick. Edmonton (No. 1) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick. 2011 – Entered in No. source:


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