Bolts Re-acquire Rights to Prospal

According to, the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-acquired the rights to unrestricted free agent Vaclav Prospal from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2008 7th round draft pick and a conditional 2009 draft pick.  The 7th round pick (196th overall) traded to the Flyers was originally acquired from the Nashville Predators at the trade deadline for Jan Hlavac.  If the Lightning resigned Prospal this summer, the Flyers will obtain an additional 2009 4th round pick from Tampa Bay.  The Bolts had traded Prospal to the Philadelphia at the trade deadline for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a 2009 2nd round draft pick.

"After assessing the pending free agent market and receiving a great deal of input from our prospective new owners, the decision was made to attempt to pursue Vinny Prospal for a return engagement to Tampa,” Lightning GM Jay Feaster said. “While we realize some of the risks involved in this strategy we also know that Prospal and [Vincent] Lecavalier have a very special chemistry together and getting Vinny back in the fold early would enable us to focus our time, attention and resources on other critical areas this summer while leaving our successful top line
virtually in tact. At the end of the day, we felt that reacquiring Vinny now and attempting to negotiate a contract with him sooner rather than later was in the best interests of the organization."