Lightning sign Vaclav Prospal to new deal

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Vaclav Prospal to a multi-year contract.

Tampa Bay acquired the rights to Prospal on June 18, 2008 in exchange for Nashville’s seventh-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and Tampa Bay’s fourth-round pick in 2009.

Prospal, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound native of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, played in 62 games with the Lightning last season and recorded 29 goals with 57 points. He was traded to Philadelphia on February 25, 2008 in exchange for Alexandre Picard.

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The 33-year-old has played in 386 games in five seasons with the Lightning. He ranks sixth on the franchise goal list with 108, fourth in assists with 218 and tied for fifth in power-play goals with 37. He has also played in 22 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Tampa Bay, recording five goals and eight points. Prospal will enter his 12th NHL season in 2008-09.