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Brandon Prust puts a vicious hit on Ottawa's Erik Karlsson sending him airborne. (AP)
Brandon Prust puts a vicious hit on Ottawa's Erik Karlsson sending him airborne. (AP)

Earlier today the Vancouver Canucks placed former Ranger Brandon Prust on waivers. (McKenzie)

Prust is in the final-year of the four-year deal he signed with Montreal, cap hit of $2.5 million, after leaving the Rangers after the 2012 season.

Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers have "no intention" of putting in a claim for Prust. (Brooks)

Adam Rotter: To some degree the Rangers have been trying to replace Brandon Prust since he left for Montreal. Brandon Prust though isn't the same player he was for John Tortorella and the Rangers. He was a fan favorite, worked his butt off and helped forge the indentity of those Ranger teams, but with Tanner Glass as a cheaper option and someone Alain Vigneault is comfortable with, there is no room for Prust.

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The NHL has released a video of the best "mic'd up" moments from the Rangers Canadiens series.

In the clip, Chris Kreider is shown running into Carey Price and then Brandon Prust is shown as Price is talking with the trainer and said "i'm gonna blow a wheel into Hank."

Prust is then shown going after Kreider and eggs him on by saying "more."

Prust did attempt to skate into Henrik Lundqvist during a break in play.

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Brandon Prust met with the media today (via the NHL) following the announcement of his two game suspension:

Q. Brandon, which analysis or interpretation did you plead to the league for your hit and how did you defend yourself?BRANDON PRUST: The hit itself wasn't really a topic in the hearing. It was all about the timing of it. For me, it's my first shift of the game. I'm trying to create some energy. I want to get out there and get some body checks in. I see Step with the puck, and I'm kind of backtracking, and I do a good job of getting in front of him, other than coming from the side. I try to skate in front of him, and stop, and come back into him. Kept my skate is on the ice, my shoulder into his chest. I didn't leave my feet. It's all about the timing. It's a fraction of a second. The NHL deems a hit late around .6 seconds, and I'm at .8 seconds, so you know, that's on me. It's late, but for me my focus was on trying to make a good, clean body check and not leave my feet, my elbows tucked, and everything about the actual contact is clean, it's just late.

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9:04PM: Brad Richards tells Larry Brooks that he was told the ref saw it as a clean hit. (NY Post)

Richards said on MSG last night that the refs didn't see the hit.

8:55PM: Prust was going to be suspended one game for the hit but was given two games after the injury was announced. (JSB)

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12:55PM:?The broken jaw to Derek Stepan will have an impact on the length of Prust's suspension. (Dreger)

10:43AM:?The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Brandon Prust will have a hearing today for his hit on Derek Stepan.

The hearing is at 4PM and on the telephone?(Renaud Lavoie)

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Derek Stepan was not happy with the hit.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers have been lacking in energy and toughness since Brandon Prust left for Montreal (on a 4-year deal worth $10 millio) in the summer of 2012.

Brooks says that the Rangers haven't had anyone to spark the team or someone who can "infuse his teammates with hockey courage" the way that Prust did.

Derek Dorsett, Brooks says, has tried, "with every fiber of his being" to bring the kind of game that Prust did.

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According to John Lu of TSN, Brandon Prust is targeting a return to the Montreal lineup on Saturday against the Rangers.

Prust has a shoulder injury, suffered after crashing into the boards in mid-October and had a time table of four weeks.

Prust missed the Habs visit to New York because of his shoulder injury.

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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

As I said on Twitter postgame, this was an impressive win for a lot of reasons. Yes, the Devils probably should've played like this at some point during their 10-game slide. No, two more wins like this won't drastically change how we look at the season. However, there were bright spots in this game that lend themselves toward a positive look for next season and it's possible missing the playoffs flipped a switch in the psyche of a lot of these players, which is another topic for another day. As for? tonight's game, some thoughts...

Fortitude: At least for me, the most impressive part of tonight's win came after the Canadiens scored two unanswered, the second of which came including one in the final minute of the second period. We've seen the Devils melt down multiple times in that scenario, giving up an early goal in the third and going on to lose in regulation or in extra play. It's been one of my biggest criticisms of this Devils team, particularly during their recent slide. This team lacked a strong enough mental edge to their game to rebound from "woe is us" moments. Tonight, though, they didn't need a timeout to correct them and while they struggled to get shots on net in the third, they still kept the Canadiens at bay for long stretches. Also, the Habs came out in the third and tried to bully the Devils, who fought right back. Ilya Kovalchuk, for one, went right at the Canadiens after he got hit from behind. Kovy's response, along with the the energy he's played with and the way he drives the train (so to speak), has me wondering if it should be Kovalchuk with the captain's "C" next season. I know Salvador is respected in the room and a lot of guys like him, but would it kill them to give it to Kovy and have Salvador take an "A?" I think it would be a wise move that would help shape the team's mindset going into next season. Food for thought.

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5:13PM: Prust added

  • "I don't know if I have many bad memories. I made a lot of friends. I love the city. It's a great organization and it was a kick start to my NHL career."
  • "I think everyone respects what I did here. I worked my butt off. I gave honest and hard work."
  • "Some of these guys are my best friends, my friends for life"
  • "Torts likes guys that work hard. I think we both respected each other. He taught me a lot and set the bar high for everybody. He brought out the best in me and I am very thankful."
  • "I would like to put a couple past Henrik Lundqvist."
5:09PM: Prust met with the media before the game and Katie Strang says that when the topic of John Tortorella saying he was "just a guy in a Montreal uniform," Prust jokingly responded that Tortorella is just another coach of the Rangers.

She adds that Prust wanted to set a precedent with his contract for player that have his role.

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Brandon Prust will return to MSG tonight for the first time since signing with a four-year contract worth $10 million on July 1.

When asked about Prust's return, John Tortorella said yesterday "it's just a guy in a Montreal uniform."

After Prust signed with Montreal, Tortorella said "we will miss him. He is a glue guy and became a big part of the locker room. Everyone in the room liked him and he loved it here. You try and keep your teams together but it?s impossible. I think Pruster was trying to be fair, but god, he gets $10 million over $4 years and promised some things by their organization. I am leery of that, and I told him that.?

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In a meeting with the media recently, John Tortorella was asked about how the Rangers plan to replace Brandon Prust's presence in the lineup.

Tortorella said that there isn't one player who can do all the things that Prust did, "I think it's going to be a group. Pruster played a very important role for our team, killing penalties, bouncing around on different lines. Not one guy is going to fill that. I like what I see of the new guys coming in here. We have to find a way to fill those needs."

In the NY Post, Brian Boyle told Larry Brooks that the Rangers may have been a bit spoiled having a guy like Prust.

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Prior to being acquired by the Rangers on Feb 1, 2010 Brandon Prust was playing about 6-8 minutes a night and known primarily as a fighter for Phoenix and Calgary.

In 2008-09, Prust had 16 fights in 36 games and Prust had 25 fights split between Calgary and the Rangers in 2009-10 with 18 of them coming before the trade.

Dave Stubbs in the Montreal Gazette, ?Being traded to New York was the best thing for my career. I got a chance to put some minutes down and show I can play, not just fight.

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In the Montreal Gazette, Dave Stubbs writes about how the Canadians were able to lure Brandon Prust away from the Rangers.

Prust signed a four-year deal with Montreal worth $10 million on July and had coach Michel Therrien and Scott Mellanby come to his parents his in Ontario where Prust was spending some time.

Stubbs writes "Therrien and Mellanby didn?t bring a contract, but rather a philosophy of where the Habs were and where they were going, and why they believed that Prust, who was spending some time with his folks, could be an important cog in the machine the Canadiens were constructing."

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Craig: I don't see how Asham, Pyatt or Haley can replace what Prust brought to this team. Everyone loved him, he busted his ass and he was always game to fight, especially against the Flyers and Devils.


Prust signed a four year deal with the Canadaiens worth $10 million.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with former Ranger Brandon Prust about how he ended up in Montreal with a four year deal worth $10 million.

On how the situation played out, Prust said, ?I know we like each other and I wanted to come back, but in the end, Montreal showed a lot more interest and that?s why I made this decision.?

Prust said he loved the organization and the city, mentioning, ?It?s a sad, crazy, mixed-emotional day.?

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According to multiple reports, Brandon Prust has signed with Montreal for four years and $10 million.

Prust will get $2.5 million per season.

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Larry Brooks tweets that according to Rich Winter, the Rangers are still talking with Brandon Prust about returning to the team.

CLICK HERE to see a section on Prust and his free agent situation.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers could turn to Jordan Tootoo to replace Brandon Prust, who Brooks says is "all but gone."

Tootoo, 29, had five fighting majors last season and averaged over 13 minutes a game with six goals and 24 assists. He had a cap hit of $1.25 million last season.

On losing Prust, Carp writes at Rangers Report, "I think Brandon Prust will get offers beyond where the Rangers want to go, and if they lose him they will lose a lot of their identity. The Rangers were a nasty team for opponents to play last year, and a lot of that had to do with Prust, willing and wanting to fight every night. He will have to be replaced, and there aren?t many guys in the NHL who can fight like he does and play important minutes and be a heart-and-soul guy (sorry for the cliche, but he is)."

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the difference in salary between what the Rangers are offering and what Brandon Prust is seeking is still considerable.

Brooks writes that it is likely that Prust will give the Rangers a chance to match or come close to matching the best offer that he gets.

He writes that if Prust is able to secure a deal worth around $2.4 million per season for three or four seasons, the Rangers would pass.

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It was reported earlier this week that Brandon Prust was seeking a deal for three seasons that would pay him $2.2 million per season.

The Rangers are reportedly willing to offer Prust a deal similar to the one that Brian Boyle signed last season which was for three years and $1.7 million per season.

Prust appears headed to test free agency on Sunday.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers and Brandon Prust are believed to have a big enough difference in contract negotiations that Prust is likely to test the waters on July 1.

Brooks says that Prust's top priority is to re-sign with the Rangers and that the Rangers want to re-sign him, but the difference in money is supposedly "upward of $1 million over the life of a three-year contract."

Prust also changed his agent and is now represented by Edmonton based Rich Winter. Winter represents players like Marian Hossa and Ryan Getzlaf.

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At SI Red Light, Stu Hackel writes about the trade market and free agency and how Brandon Prust could be a factor in how the market shakes out.

He cites the CBC's Elliotte Friedman as saying, on the radio, that the kind of contract that Prust gets will determine how teams are planning to spend this season.

Hackel writes, "he?s not a big scorer, but he is a valuable depth forward, a very good penalty killer who plays a hard, competitive game, and a dedicated team guy."

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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance lists out the top 50 free agents and lists the Rangers Brandon Prust 48th on the list.

He calls Prust "nearly the ideal John Tortorella forward" and someone who fits so well into the Rangers identity.

Custance says that if his contract demands aren't high, Glen Sather should bring him back.

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According to Hockey Zone Plus, Brandon Prust has earned $3.1 million in his NHL career.

He just finished up a two-year deal that was worth $1.6 million and will be a UFA on July 1.

When asked how important money was to him, Prust said on breakup day, "Money is a factor but it?s not the biggest factor for me, a good situation is what I am looking for the most. Being a part of a winning team, it?s something that we have here and I want to be a big part of a team."

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The Rangers acquired Brandon Prust on Feb 1, 2010 as the second part of a package coming from Calgary with Olli Jokinen. Prust went on to sign a tw0-year deal worth $1.6 million following that summer and now Prust is on the verge of being an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.

On free agency, Prust said yesterday, "as a hockey player free agency is a big time in your life and a big decision. I love it here and we have a good thing going with a good group of guys. I would definitely like to be back. Money is a factor but it's not the biggest factor for me, a good situation is what I am looking for the most. Being a part of a winning team, it's something that we have here and I want to be a big part of a team.

John Tortorella said ?I?ll tell you that we value him. He?s a huge part of our team. That?s all I can say. I love the guy. The intangibles he brings. I think he does a lot. I think he?s had an up and down year. He was getting a lot of minutes. Then he got some minutes. It was an inconsistent year. But as far as his intangibles and what he brings to the locker room, he?s a huge piece to our puzzle.?

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Katie Strang tweets that Brandon Prust suffered a torn tendon in his ring finger that was suffered during a fight with Zenon Knopka during the regular season.

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At 1:16 of the video, Prust skates over to Jim Ramsay and Ramsay looks at his hand and then they go to the locker room.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers may run into a problem with re-signing Brandon Prust if his top priority is to break the bank this summer on a new contract.

Prust, who had a cap hit of $800,000 this past season will be a UFA on July 1 and Brooks thinks that he could get more than the $1.7 million that Brian Boyle got on the open market.

Brooks says that if the Rangers lose Prust, it could mean that they will bring Ruslan Fedotenko back.

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The NHL, via Tom Gulitti, has announced that Brandon Prust has been suspended one game for his elbow on Anton Volchenkov.

Katie Strang points out at ESPN NY, "according to Elias Sports Bureau, has been assessed only two elbowing penalties in his entire 301-game NHL career. The 28-year-old bruiser has also never had a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety, a clean record he hopes will weigh in his favor."

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During the Rangers and Devils game this past Monday, Doc Emrick focused in on Brandon Prust and called him an unsung hero for the Rangers.

He added, "He hasn't missed a game. He plays on one of the best penalty kill units, has scored shorthanded goals, scraps, and while he only has 17 points, you would not think of not playing him."

Emrick talked about Prust again on Wednesday against Detroit saying "They count on him heavily to be part of the energy line"

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After not scoring a goal for 48 games, Brandon Prust has two in the last month and both were game winning goals.

Prust blocked three shots and played over 4:30 on the PK and over 15 minutes overall.

On his goal, Prust said on MSG,"We had a fortunate bounce and I made sure to let Boyle know I was with him."

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers are starting to work on a contract extension with Brandon Prust to stop him from hitting the open market on July 1.

Prust has a cap hit of $800,000 this season.

He is seventh in the league in penalty minutes. He has 14 fighting majors this season.

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Brandon Prust scored his first goal yesterday since October 20th. It was his second short handed goal of the season and third in total.

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John Tortorella said on ESPN Radio yesterday that Prust is an easy gut to pull for. John Tortorella has called Prust "the glue" of the hockey team before.

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Prust has 12 fights this season. He has 2 goals and 9 assists.

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During his press conference following the Winter Classic, on the NHL Network, John Tortorella praised both Brandon Prust and Mike Rupp as "glue guys" and huge parts of the Rangers.

He talked about how he knows that both players can "play" and that they are more than just guys who do the "heavy lifting"

They have been like four or five minute guys and they do the heavy lifting when it comes to that kind of stuff. I just don?t want them to think that?s their only role. We know Rupp can play and we know Pruster can play. It?s been a little bit of a struggle. To see them ignite us a little bit is important for the team. They are glue guys and are very important to the team in the room. I think everybody pulls for those type of players because they know they are being taken care of on the ice with them.
John Tortorella told Ranger Rants how much of an important player Prust is, "I?ve always said about Pruster, he?s a really good teammate and people?he?s a glue guy and people pull for him. I think it?s very important. It?s not talked about, but how your locker room is before you step on the ice is a very important aspect of trying to win games and he?s a huge part of that intangible."

This team is full of good guys and players that like each other. That really comes across on 24/7. It's a loose attitude among the team but they know what is at stake when they come to the rink. A guy like Rupp, who is a veteran, has won a cup, and understands his role is a huge part of the team. It's the guys who don't always get the most ice time, but make the big contributions in the locker room that are needed for any team that is going to win.

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John Tortorella said on the post game show on MSG last night that Brandon Prust "set the tone" last night. Torts said that Prust decides when to fight and that he usually makes the right decision and that "he certainly did today."

He also said:

"He has balls as big as the building, doesn't he?"
Tortorella said the same thing about Dan Girardi last season.

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John Tortorella said during the postgame last night that Prust had been playing great since he was benched in Vancouver.

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Update: 7:40AM: Prust told the NY Post:
"Nobody likes to sit and watch, but as a team we're taking way too many penalties that we're trying to cut back on, and my penalty was stupid, so I paid the price for it."

"I was told why I was sitting but I didn't need to be. I know it was a stupid penalty."

Update: 6:46PM: Wednesday: John Tortorella told the Daily News this about the benching of Prust:

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Update: 7:12AM: Dan Rosen says that the lineup is likely:

  • Wojtek Wolski, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik
  • The Pack Line
  • Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Mike Rupp, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust
Brian Boyle (flu) and Sean Avery (foot) will not play.

Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Stu Bickel and Brendan Bell will play today.

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Last season, in a fight with Mike Rupp on November 29th, Brandon Prust hurt his shoulder. He had it surgically repaired on April 29th and it was said that he would be ready for the start of training camp.

On July 16th Prust tweeted that his shoulder was feeling good.

Yesterday Prust was held out of his groups scrimmage and John Tortorella said that he was unlikely to play for a couple of more weeks. Prust was quoted as saying that the team just wanted to make sure that his shoulder was ready for the season.

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