As contract negotiations with Brandon Dubinsky have hit a speed bump, the Rangers have signed 34-year-old free agent forward Vinnie Prospal to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, The Post has learned.Prospal, who became unrestricted when the Lightning bought him out of the final three seasons of the four-year, $14 million contract he had signed with Tampa Bay last summer, is most effective on the wing but also can play center.

The plan at the moment is to give Dubinsky the opportunity to claim the center position on the first line that will feature Marian Gaborik on the right and either Sean Avery or Christopher Higgins on the left. But if Dubinsky cannot handle the assignment, Prospal, who is strong on the puck, probably would get the call.

Prospal, who played for head coach John Tortorella before and after the Lightning’s 2004 Cup-winning season in which he was in Anaheim, recorded 45 points (19-26) last year.



  1. cam7777 says:

    The Rangers should bring in Briere now that they have Prospal.  The last time these two played together, they were dynamite.  It's another long, expensive contract, just the way the Rangers like em'.  Fortuneatly, Sather seems to have no problem maneuvering around obstacles like the salary cap, so what the hey?

    They would have quite the offensive force if healthy.  Most of the last good Buffalo team – Briere, Drury, Kotalik, a pretty solid North American checking line with some scoring power to boot – Higgins, Avery, Callahan; a star player in Gaborik; a quality vet in Prospal, and a couple of kids waiting to break out – Lisin, Anisimov, Boyle.   Sather would have to find a way to get rid of Redden and/or Rozsival though…

    How can they be planning to have Dubinsky center the 1st line?  He's not really shown any signs of being a consistent offensive threat.  He's a great 3rd line center, and a pretty good 2-way 2nd line center.  Avery also is not a 1st line player.  What is Brooks on?

  2. mojo19 says:

    Wow, good price.

  3. ranger_fan says:

    This had better not mean Dubinsky isn't in our plans. Dubinsky is the ideal 3rd line center right now who provides plenty of energy, and offensive production. He is a leader in the making.

    Speaking of leaders, why hasn't Slats offered Chelios 1 year 500K? Chris indicated he'd like Broadway and while he may be good for 20-30 games, our D is horribly young. He could really help Staal, Gilroy, and whoever else makes the team. While 500K may be insulting, perhaps we offer Chris a job with team management once this is over?

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