Vinnie has a bum-knee and the Rangers must cope after his ‘scope.
It’s all true. Vaclav “Vinnie” Prospal the Ranger’s 34 year old Czech forward and the primary linemate of Marian Gaborik, has been diagnosed with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
That surgery was performed this morning (Merry Christmas, Vin) and so our 2nd leading goal scorer (with 8) (correction - he is third best) and our team leading assist-er (with 24) will be out at least 10 days – but more likely 2 weeks or more.
It’s not great news – but it’s just a few weeks and then back on the ice. Meanwhiole though – the Rangers will need a third linemate for Gaborik and Dubinsky. Followers of this website will know my top choice - which I arrived at in just a few (sloppy) seconds - would be none other than Sean Avery.
How badly will Prospal's injury hurt The Rangers? Well, 8 goals is not that many to replace. And as for Prospal’s assists – a lot of those are the result of the highly difficult and skillful hockey maneuver known as “passing the puck to Gaborik”. But other players can do that too, so I think we’ll get by.
And you know – if Gaborik keeps going injury free while his teammates drop out of the lineup – we’re going to have to start calling him Iron Man.
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