Thread: Confirmed with Link: Brandon Prust to Montreal [4 years, $10M]
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07-02-2012, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by UniverStalinGraduate View Post
That's fine, so he's a bit overpaid. Worse things in the world than overpaying a 4th liner who can actually play hockey.

Here's the thing...maybe getting Prust doesn't take Plekx' PK duties away...however, having Prust strengthens the 2nd PK unit. So maybe tehy feel more comfortable playing the Eller/Prust forward combo on a more regular basis so that Plekx/Moen's minutes there can come down a bit.

We all love Plekx but no one wants him to stop playing on the PK, or stop being one of our top used PK guys. It's all about keeping your best players where they need to be, to be at their best and most valuable to the team...and keeping them fresh through the year.

Last year per game Plekx played 3:13 on the PK and Eller played 1:41.

Maybe with the added presence of Prust Eller can get up to 2:11 per game and Plekx down to 2:43 per game.

30 seconds less per game equals 41 minutes less in the 82 games. That's some decent minutes to spread around.
Maybe. Eller is pretty awesome on the penalty kill with Gionta/White/Bourque etc. though. Prust may be an upgrade for that but I don't think its such a large one that committing money to fix it is wise.

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