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Prospal says effort isn’t enough, only results matter for Blue Jackets

Oct 21, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

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Vinny Prospal? Or Yoda.

The Blue Jackets’ veteran forward is furious with his team’s 0-5-1 start, and he doesn’t care how much everyone’s trying. There is no try. Do…or do not.

“We’ve scored two goals every game,” Prospal said, as reported by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s been going on for six games. The coaches are expressing enough, but ultimately it’s up to each individual, how they approach it. The coaches can do only so much to guide you, show you what to do. Ultimately, it’s on the individual to perform out there. Not try to do it, do it.

“(Against Dallas) it’s great that we had 40 shots, but we still scored two goals. It’s not enough. That’s what we should be thinking about, not that we played a good game, that we probably outplayed them. That’s not enough. We cannot be satisfied.”

Prospal can’t be feeling great about his decision to sign a one-year deal with the Jackets. The 36-year-old is approaching his 1,000th career NHL game and time is running out on his chances to win a Stanley Cup. (No, he never won it with Tampa Bay. He was with Anaheim that year.)

“I don’t want to think like that right now,” Prospal said. “I’m grateful. I’m very fortunate for the opportunity that I’m getting here.

“But the career goes by so quickly. Maybe some guys don’t think about it the way I am right now, but you never know how it’s going to be. You have to try to make the most of the opportunity you have at this time. Right now. Today.”

And then Prospal started singing “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney.

  1. Exiled1 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Thank God I live in the northern Red Wings local viewing area part of Ohio.

  2. east96st - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Dear Vinny,

    Sorry it’s not working out. But did you really think the past ten years were an aberration? Spend 5 minutes talking with Mike Priest and a child would know he’s an idiot. This team needs new ownership AND a new front office or NOTHING is going to change. You know why you keep losing? No goaltending and a horrible defense and a powerplay that’s the laughing stock of the league. Guess what? Been the same problems for years!! Let’s be honest here, you did what dozens of other players did before you – you milked one final oversized paycheck from the dolts that run this team. Good for you. You got paid. But a shot at the Cup? You’ve got to be kidding! Not with this team! That’s why the stands are empty. The place used to sellout night after night. The fans got tired of getting p*ssed on and management telling us it’s raining. It’s gotten old. Be grateful you will only endure it for a year. We’ve been stuck with this same old show for far too long. Remember the movie “Groundhog Day” when Bill Murray had the live the same day over and over again? Welcome to the Groundhog Team where the fans have to suffer through the same incompetence year after year after year.

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