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from Frank Servalli of TSN,
Here are five minutes with Prust on the Canucks’ struggles, how to right the ship, and his fight card this season:
TSN: How do you self-diagnose what’s been happening with the Canucks of late?
Prust: “It hasn’t been that easy to pinpoint. It’s kind of been a bunch of things. We’ve had some ups and downs. We’ve had some times we’ve looked great, where I think we look like a Stanley Cup contender. Then we’ve had slumps where we feel like a bottom-feeder. You know, we’re in one right now. It’s about getting out of slumps as fast as you can. We’re struggling to put the puck in the net. There’s a lot of games that we’ve been in. There’s been a lot of games we feel like we deserved to win, but we haven’t scored on our opportunities. (Tuesday night) that wasn’t the case at all. It was pretty lopsided. We have to rectify and realize what we’re doing wrong, getting our compete and battle level up.”
TSN: You’ve had a few games during this run where your team was almost never in it from the start of games. Can you put your finger on why? Is it a preparation issue?
Prust: “I think we’re well prepared. We’ve talked about getting off to a good start, something that every team focuses on, setting the tone. We just haven’t done that.”
When asked about the fine for spearing Brad Marchand, Prust responded with "best money I ever spent", perhaps half-joking.
Sportsnet provides a clip of Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Prust spearing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand:
He got Lucic'd.
Watch below to see how the injury happened...
via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Brandon Prust addressed the media after the game — a rarity for an injured player — and said that initial x-rays showed he didn’t suffer a fracture after leaving late in the second period. In a cornerboards collision with Brian Flynn. Prust’s ankle rolled under him.
“I hit a rut and just rolled right over my ankle and I didn’t hear any pop,” said Prust. “It’s definitely sore and we’ll find out more tomorrow (Wednesday) with the MRI, but I won’t be skating for a few days. I was able to put weight on it, but we’re not 100 per cent sure what’s up with it.”
Watch the play below...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“Did I have any idea I’d be traded? No, no. I had no clue. I know on July 1 there’s a lot of action and I’m going into the last year of my contract. But after the playoffs I had (a postseason career-high goal and three assists in 12 games, and some industrial-strength work), I didn’t think there was any way they’d trade me.
“A few of the boys texted me,” Prust said of his now former Canadiens teammates. “Their reaction was quite the same for everybody – they were in shock. ‘What the hell?’ that was basically the reaction.”
There was more pragmatic feedback coming from Prust’s parents, Kevin and Theresa.
“Their first reaction was, ‘Oh man, now we have to stay up late to watch all your games,’ ” he said with a laugh. “They don’t miss a second of a game. People were telling them, ‘PVR it and watch it the next day,’ and they’re saying, ‘Yeah, right, like we’re going to do that.’ ”
Some observers were suggesting that Prust was on thin ice with the Canadiens the minute he ran afoul of referee Brad Watson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Tampa Bay.
He was thrown out of the match, then fined $5,000 for having alleged in post-game comments that Watson had insulted and sworn at him, remarks for which he later apologized.
After several days of the media expalining that Brandon Prust was in the wrong for going against an unwritten rule in telling the media about his conversation with Brad Watson, and Prust incurring a $5,000 fine, Don Cherry offered a slightly different take on the situation:
NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined $5,000 for derogatory public comments directed toward Referee Brad Watson during his post-game media availability on Sunday, May 3, the National Hockey League announced today.
"Brandon Prust's post-game comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the League has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust apologized on Tuesday for the comments he made about referee Brad Watson following a Game 2 loss on Sunday.
Prust said he wishes he could take back what he said about the official.
"I was emotional," Prust told the media on Tuesday.
Prust said he figures he will be speaking with the league about his comments.
Prust, 31, said that Watson verbally assailed him following a roughing penalty late in the first period of Tampa Bay's 6-2 win over the Habs in Montreal.
"I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let him know on the way to the box," said Prust.
added 3:47pm, video of Prust talking to the media is below...
If you missed the comments by Prust, watch below...
Brandon Prust might have a fine pending after he tee’d off post-game over the quality of refereeing he felt Game 2 between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, particularly from referee Brad Watson.
Below, watch some of Prust's work tonight.
via the CP at NHL.com,
With 2:03 left in Ottawa's 5-1 victory on Friday night, Prust moved into the crease and brushed against Anderson, who responded with a stick jab in the back. Prust then began spearing the goaltender in the midsection and a skirmish broke out.
Prust was called for roughing and cross-checking and Patrick Wiercioch got a roughing minor, while P.K. Subban and Eric Gryba got 10 minute misconducts for a lively wrestling match.
"There's certainly frustration on their part," said Cameron. "A sure sign of frustration is when they're taking cheap shots at your goaltender, who's a real good player for us.
"Cheap, extremely cheap. Prust, I've known for a long time. I think he's a respectable guy. A real good player for a long time. But that was cheap what he did tonight."
Prust did not speak to the media after the game and coach Michel Therrien made no comment.
Anderson was unfazed by the incident.
"He's going to the net hard. It's just a battle of emotions there," said Anderson. "I'm fighting for my ice, he's fighting for his ice. I got a little stickwork, but no harm, no foul."
Watch the incident below...
I (George) have some strong feelings about both of the players engaging in shenanigans here, so I'm going to let the Hockey News's Adam Proteau tell this story...
Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust is known around the league as a player who plays “on the edge”. Monday night against Tampa Bay, he appeared to go over that edge on a questionable hit from behind on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop that could earn him a date with the NHL’s discipline department.
The Lightning had a 3-0 lead on the Habs in the second period when the puck came around the boards toward the back of Bishop’s net. The goalie came out to play the puck, and Prust skated right into his back, knocking Bishop headfirst into the boards when Prust just as easily could’ve pulled up or avoided the collision: (video via SportsNetCanada)
In tonight's Montreal-Buffalo game, Brandon Prust exited the penalty box, bumped Tyler Myers off the puck, and eventually scored the 1-1 goal, but an argument can be made that Prust made a "pick" from the blind side instead of simply separating player from puck because Myers had no idea that Prust was cruising into his back:
The New York Post's Larry Brooks is on an aggravated roll this morning. His Sunday notebook questions whether Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien should be fined or suspended for suggesting that his Canadiens will target New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard...
What exactly did Therrien mean, and what message was the coach attempting to send to his players, or anyone else, by stating: “We expect Derick Brassard to play and we know exactly where he’s injured. Hockey is a small world…”?
It was an outrageously irresponsible statement from an adult in a position of responsibility — at worst a threat, a threat to re-injure. If anything happens to Brassard now, what else would anyone think?
He believes that the Pittsburgh Penguins owners' comments regarding Ray Shero's body of work as Pittsburgh's GM suggest that the ownership wants more input on player personnel decisions...
Here is the explanation of the two game suspension.
Missed the hit or want to review it, watch it here...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Somehow, Prust escaped without a penalty. Heaven only knows. The winger is not a dirty player, we know that from his time here. He is a hard one, and an honest one, but as the NHL Department of Player Safety reviews the open ice hit on Friday as it must, the people running the show will note that Prust has a playoff history he earned as a Ranger, suspended as he was for one game — Game 4 of the 2012 Eastern finals against the Devils for an elbow to the head of New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
Stepan, who missed a couple of shifts but returned to the fray after having his head examined, left no doubt after the match he believes the league should enact supplementary discipline against his one-time teammate.
“It doesn’t matter [who it was]; it’s a bad hit,” Stepan said after the OT that ended in stunningly quick fashion when a rebound bounced in off Alex Galchenyuk at 1:12. “I certainly hope the league will look at it.
“I never saw [Prust]. I got the puck and I moved it. I even got some strides in,” Stepan said. “I never saw him.
“It might have been with his shoulder, but he made contact with my face. The main focus is my head.”
Watch the hit below...
After Brandon Prust hit Derek Stephan quite late...
Derek Dorsett challenged Prust to a fight...
And while that was happening, Daniel Carcillo hacked, slashed and then shoved a linesman.
Carcillo received 2, 10 and a game misconduct, and he'll be suspended for his efforts.
BROSSARD – On Friday morning, the Canadiens held a practice at the Bell Sports Complex. The team will fly to Toronto later in the day for a Saturday match-up against the Maple Leafs.
- Brandon Prust (upper-body injury) and Josh Gorges (broken hand) did not skate.
- After practice, coach Michel Therrien announced that Prust will miss the team's remaining regular season games due to injury.
17:02 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, unsportsmanlike conduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Ben Bishop: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal Carey Price: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal George Parros: 10 minutes, misconduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Radko Gudas: 10 minutes, misconduct
added 4:52pm, Below watch the Tampa broadcast and catch what some people will call a spear from Prust...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Intellectually and economically, there wasn’t any doubt then and there isn’t any doubt now the Rangers took the prudent course of action on July 1, 2012, when they did not try to match the Canadiens’ four-year, $10 million offer to free agent Brandon Prust....
The Rangers are deficient in top-end talent and the players at the top of the food chain have been largely deficient through much of this unsatisfying 15-15-1 season that slogs on Tuesday night when no-name Nashville (OK, the one-name Predators: Seth Jones) comes to the Garden, that much is true.
But the absence of A-listers on the Broadway marquee is not an excuse for an absence of work ethic or energy. Quite the contrary. The problem is, the Rangers have no one to supply energy the way Prust did; no one to jump-start the team and infuse his teammates with hockey courage the way No. 8 did during his tour on Broadway that ran for less than 2 ¹/₂ seasons.
Never has a fourth-line Ranger had the impact Prust did. Never has a grunt been missed so much by a team that thrived on grunt work in 2011-12 and hasn’t been more than a pale facsimile of that since losing the conference finals to the Devils (if not sometime in the previous series against the Capitals).
I don't believe there was much contact on this skate-by from Brandon Prust on Craig Anderson.
added 2:04pm, Below, watch Brandon Prust talk about the hit and his quote about MacLean is inlcuded.
via Spector’s Hockey,
Various sources report the Montreal Canadiens have signed former Rangers forward Brandon Prust to a four-year, $10 million contract, or $2.5 million per season.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Impending free agent Brandon Prust is likely in his final days as a Ranger, general manager Glen Sather told The Post last night before the first round of the Entry Draft.
“I don’t think we’re going to get that one done,” said the GM, whose club selected defenseman Brady Skjei from the USA-Under 18 Development Team with the 28th overall pick in the draft. “I like him, the team likes him, everybody likes him ... but I’m not married to him.”
Prust, who tied for the NHL lead with 20 fighting majors and of whom coach John Tortorella said on breakup day, “I love the guy,” is eligible to hit the open market on July 1.
The 28-year-old winger, who is coming off a two-year deal in which he earned $800,000 per, is believed to be seeking a three-year contract in the range of $6.6 million while the Rangers are offering approximately $1.2 million less than that over the life of the contract.
Meanwhile, as talks with Columbus regarding Rick Nash have again run into a brick wall due to the laughable demands of Jackets GM Scott Howson, discussions with the Ducks concerning Bobby Ryan have not advanced and an attempt to get in on the action for Jordan Staal before the Penguins sent the center to the Hurricanes did not get far, the Rangers have received a significant number of inquiries regarding Brandon Dubinsky’s availability, two well-placed sources have told The Post.
From Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Though Brandon Prust’s first choice is to re-up with the Rangers, and the Blueshirts have keen mutual interest in retaining the impending free agent, it appears there is enough of a gap in the contract negotiations between the parties to make it increasingly likely that the winger will at least test the open market when free agency opens July 1.
Prust, cited repeatedly by coach John Tortorella as an invaluable member of the club’s core leadership group for his willingness to step up, fight and put his body on the line for his teammates in addition to his value on the penalty-kill unit, changed agents at the conclusion of the playoffs, moving to Ritch Winter from Newport Sports.
Though sources stressed that lines of communication remain open and that it is conceivable that Prust could re-sign before July 1, it is believed the difference between the parties is significant — upward of $1 million over the life of a three-year contract.
Almost 1 1/2 hours ago reports surfaced Prust was getting suspended for one game.
As of this moment, still nothing official from Brendan Shanahan but I am sure the reports are accurate.
Update: Here’s confirmation via video…
And here’s the NHL’s press release:
RANGERS’ PRUST SUSPENDED FOR ONE GAME
NEW YORK (May 20, 2012) – New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust has been suspended for one game for elbowing New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov during the teams’ Eastern Conference Final game in New Jersey on Saturday, May 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 2:31 of the second period.
No penalty on the play but post-game Devils’ coach Pete DeBoer called it “head hunting plain and simple.”
I wish I could find a video with multiple angles, but I can’t so we can only judge by this video.
Brandon Prust with a shorty today against Roloson and the Lightning, but the replays I saw showed Prust pushing Roloson’s left leg into the net, then the puck follows.
The play was reviewed, but there is nothing Toronto can do about the stick push, so they were probably reviewing if the net came of its anchors before the puck crossed the line or perhaps a kicking motion from Prust.
For this punch on Brandon Prust.
A match penalty calls for an automatic suspension until the commissioner rules on the play.
From the Calgary Flames:
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Mark Giordano.
“Mark is an NHL player and we are glad to have him back,” said Sutter. “He was a good player when he left to play in Russia and has improved playing against European players on the larger ice. He is a year older and year more mature.”