According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Vinny Prospal’s knee injury may be worse than it seems. Prospal, who was held out of the New York Rangers preseason lineup for every game but one, skated with a knee-brace during that game, and when it was over, it was apparent that he was still going to miss some time. But now it seems that the situation is worse than what every expected.
Brooks states, “Meanwhile, a well-placed source has told The Post that there’s little reason for optimism that the condition of Vinny Prospal’s right knee will improve following his enforced two-week rest period. Indeed, we’re told that it would be no surprise at all should the 35-year-old Prospal require surgery that would likely end his season, if not his career.”
In a way this could be a blessing in disguise for the Rangers, who have a logjam of young forwards that everyone is anxious to get a chance to see. Prospal was a great addition last season and I did want him back this year, but this is a franchise that is striving for future success and as it sits, the 35-year-old Prospal doesn’t figure in to the Rangers future plans. With the way Derek Stepan has played, he would have most likely not even played first line center, the spot where he spent most of last season, achieving his highest points total (20-38-58) since the 2005/06 season, while playing alongside Marian Gaborik.
It is not definite that Prospal’s season may be over but his absence may benefit the Rangers in the long-run. As for his career being over, I truly hope that is not the case, as I would love to see Prospal flourish somewhere else after this season.