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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.”