The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen an incredible overhaul to their roster in the past calendar year. These aren’t the Blue Jackets of old anymore. They’ve added some serious offensive talent, including the likes of Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik, and, most recently, Nathan Horton.
The fact that they’re taking steps forward towards becoming a real playoff threat means that they’ve had to part ways with some players in the last couple of years that Blue Jackets fans had grown accustomed to seeing. The most recent casualty looks to be that of forward Vinny Prospal.
Prospal had only been in the Blue Jackets organization for two years, but appeared in every single game over the course of that tenure. The 2011-12 season was an awful one for the Blue Jackets, and led to the house cleaning in the front office. During his time with the team, he was an extremely steady veteran presence in the lineup.
He posted 55 points in 82 games during his first season with the club, before adding another 30 in the shortened season this year. He was a consistent player on the ice, as well as a veteran presence off of it. He’s the type of player that this organization had a need for coming into the year.
But things are much different for this team now. They’re a club headed in the right direction. They have upper tier offensive talent, and new leadership in the locker room. Moving on from Prospal is the right move for the organization. He filled his role perfectly in his time with the Blue Jackets, but that’s the old Columbus team.
It’s a new era for this franchise. Aside from the fact that a contract might be tough for them to afford, Prospal was of the old Blue Jackets. It’s time to move on.