Prospal signs 1-year extension with Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Vinny Prospal to

a one-year contract extension through next season.

General manager Scott Howson announced the extension Wednesday

but did not release terms, citing club policy.

The 36-year-old Prospal signed with the Blue Jackets in July and

has nine goals and 24 assists in 53 games with Columbus. He has the

second-most points and is tied for third in goals on the Blue

Jackets.

Howson says the veteran player’s leadership and performance have

been assets.

Prospal is from the Czech Republic and has played for seven

teams over more than 14 seasons in the NHL. He has 236 goals and

477 assists in 1,031 career games.