Vinny Prospal announces his retirement

Vinny Prospal, who has played sixteen seasons in National Hockey League, formally declared his retirement earlier on Tuesday. Last weekend, Vinny was expected to join Vancouver Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate on a pro try out deal, but now he has changed his heart. While speaking to a leading website, he told that he could confirm that this is the end of his career. He found out that he would not be able to give hundred percent to hockey anymore.

Vinny would turn thirty nine on 17th February. He had scored 765 points and 255 goals in 1108 career NHL games that include thirty points in 48 matches with Columbus Blue Jackets previous season.

Chose in 3rd round (number seventy one) of 1993 NHL Draft by Philadelphia Flyers, Vinny had 5 twenty goal seasons as well as over fifty on 9 occasions. He had ten goals as well as thirty five points in sixty five playoff matches. 2005  06 was his best offensive season when he when he had a career high 80 points (with twenty five goals) with Tampa Bay Lightning. In his Last National Hockey League season, i.e. 2012-13, he guided Blue Jackets in scoring with thirty points.

In a release, uploaded on National Hockey League Players’ Association website, Vinny thanked all his teammates and coaches who served him to relish a stunning twenty year old career in NHL. He also thanked fans who supported him throughout the years in his times in AHL and NHL.

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Most valuable NHL franchise

Three of National Hockey League’s top 5 most valuable franchises are based in Canada as per a report by Forbes that started tracking the value of National Hockey League teams fifteen years ago.

Canada’s Toronto Maple Leafs is worth US$ 1.15 billion. New York Rangers is in the second position followed by Montreal Canadiens (Canada), Vancouver Canucks (Canada) as well as defending champ Chicago Blackhawks. The annual valuations report was released by Forbes earlier on Monday.

According to reports, Forbes stated that the Canadian teams generally attract huge audiences that serve the team to generate more profit in stadiums compared to United States based teams. Forbes has valued National Hockey League teams at an average of US$ 413 million.
Boston Bruins is in 6th spot. The top ten list is completed by Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.

In the mean time, the Western Conference is dominating National Hockey League power rankings. The top 5 got ruffled around from the vote 2 weeks earlier, but all stayed from the West. Boston Bruins (6th) and Pittsburgh Penguins (tenth) were the two Eastern sides to crack top ten.

Defensively stingy St. Louis Blues went from 4th spot to 1st, getting 7 first place votes in a vote which was taken on morning of 25th November by the twelve person panel. Alexander Steen scored two times on Monday evening and he has been giving the offense, good enough for the 2nd spot among MVP candidates.

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