Tampa Bay to buy out LW Vinny Prospal; should the Predators pursue him?

Word comes today from the Tampa Tribune that Vaclav ("Vinny") Prospal,a 34-year-old forward with 12 years of NHL experience, is getting bought out of his contract by the Lightning. He had just completed the first season of a four-year deal worth $14 million.


Vaclav Prospal

#20 / Left Wing / Tampa Bay Lightning

6-2

198

Feb 17, 1975

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Vaclav Prospal 82 19 26 45 -20 52 7 0 2 1 194 9.8

It's quite likely that in another NHL position, Prospal will take a sizeable cut from his $3.5 million salary (especially since he'll receive 2/3rds of his outstanding contract from Tampa Bay in the buyout).

So what do you think, Preds fans? In the 2007-8 season, Prospal set a career-high of 33 goals scored, and he has scored 10 power play goals twice in the last four years. Might he make a useful and affordable option to bolster the Nashville attack?

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