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Vinny Prospal says Yes, then No to Vancouver Canucks, John Tortorella

Is it last call already? Closing time? Have the Vancouver Canucks finally become that lonely guy at the edge of the dance floor, unable to find a willing partner before the lights come on, even if there are a few singles who still don't have their own other half at two in the morning, too?

Okay, that's dramatic. But whatever. It's kind of fun, and you can't help but chuckle a little bit at this Vinny Prospal proposal. It wasn't a real proposal, but a flirt with a comeback that was snuffed out after "talking with his family." Call it a 'Prosposal'.

Prospal, a 39-year-old free agent who cobbled together an impressive 12-goal, 30-point effort in 48 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, had agreed to join the Vancouver Canucks and their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, on Thursday.

And on Friday, the Canucks announced that Prospal would be retiring instead.

This news is sad. It kills a potential steal of a pickup for the Canucks, who could have grabbed one of this decade's more underrated consistent producers. And Prospal, who ends his career after 16 NHL seasons, spent seven of those under John Tortorella, first with Tampa and then with New York.

If completed, this grab would have been a no-risk, some-reward move for Vancouver, a team that hasn't scored at anything even close to an intimidating rate since they were run out of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011.

Now, they are without their best player and captain in Henrik Sedin, without their bargain bin jewel named Mike Santorelli, and they're coming off a 2-1 loss to the "Are We There Yet?" of hockey teams, the Nashville Predators.

And they're sort of ruining the best season Roberto Luongo has ever had. For real.

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