So last summer the Tampa Bay Lightning saw Vaclav Prospal abruptly split for the Mighty Ducks. He left so quickly, no one was even sure where he went.
Now, about a year or so later, he’s just as suddenly back in the Tampa fold (l:aphotoaday;p:aphotoaday).
The Ducks traded him back to Tampa for a second round draft pick. So the Ducks get to shed salary and Tampa gets to shed Cory Stillman, who Tampa brought in to replace Prospal.
Prospal was a powerhouse with Tampa. I never understood why he left so quickly. The only possible downside to his homecoming is that Tampa won the Cup without him. They ain’t broken, yet this seems to be a form of fixing. I can’t imagine Prospal will have any kind of negative impact on the team, though. Plus, Prospal took less money from Anaheim for a big signing bonus. So Tampa is getting him for less than they were willing to pay him last year with no signing bonus.
I feel bad for Stillman, though. Now he’s suddenly teamless.