Prospal Signing With Atlanta or Anaheim
It is being reported by TSN (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=47192&hubName=nhl), that unrestricted free agent forward Vaclav Prospal has accepted a deal with either the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, or the Atlanta Thrashers. The deal is reported to be for 5 years and worth between 20 to 25 million dollars.Prospal played a major role in Tampa Bay this season, leading the team in points with 79, one more than Vincent Lecavalier. Prospal was traded to Tampa in 2001 by the Florida Panthers, since coming to Tampa he has blossomed into a good playmaker.
My take: I think Vaclav will likely sign with Anaheim, at this point they are more desperate to get a flashy forward than Atlanta. Although Atlanta is close to losing Kozlov, they did not lose a fan favourite like Anaheim did. The Ducks needed to sign a player like Prospal to help ease the pain felt from the loss of Paul Kariya.