Blue Jackets sign Prospal to 1-year deal as injury sidelines Huselius

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Vinny Prospal to a one-year contract.

General manager Scott Howson announced the move Saturday but did not disclose terms of the deal. The Blue Jackets were in need of a top-six forward because Kristian Huselius suffered a torn chest muscle and will miss the start of the season.

The 36-year-old Prospal has spent 13 seasons in the NHL and appeared nine times in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He has 227 goals and 453 assists in 978 career games, including 9 goals and 14 assists in 29 games last season with the New York Rangers and one goal in five playoff games.

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He previously played for Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay and Anaheim.