As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Yesterday we saw #8 Chris Drury beat #9 Marek Malik. Today’s matchup is #5 Vinny Prospal vs. #12 Steve Valiquette.
Vinny Prospal (acquired – 2009 unrestricted free agent)
It’s hard to believe that Prospal only spent two years with the Rangers. He made a big impression with fans in his first year, putting up 20-38-58 while finding great chemistry with Marian Gaborik. Prospal’s second season was marred by a knee injury, but when he returned he still put up 9-14-23 in 29 games. Prospal is one of the few that could still play the game effectively in his mid-late thirties, and the Rangers got 29-52-81 in 104 games from Prospal. Plus, they also got extremely orange skin and some great goal celebration faces (here, here, here).
The Rangers let Prospal walk after the injury shortened season. Prospal went to the Columbus Range...