Thread: Confirmed with Link: Brandon Prust to Montreal [4 years, $10M]
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07-03-2012, 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
There is a degree that may be true and insuring against it isn't bad.

But not in a way I'd hand out that kind of money to Prust. Not when the team had key positional needs. Its different getting this thing as part of a package in a cheap White or one of the many servicible bottom six players that fall through the cracks every year. Its another to go out looking for it and severely overpay to beat out a bidding war to get it.

This weekend Prust+Boullion essentially was the price for a 2nd line winger or a number 4 defenseman. That's the opportunity cost here.
I understand that. Prust was a little expensive. Boullion is just filler though and he is signed for a year. If it's going to be a development year, and you are waiting for some guys like Tinordi to come up, maybe you only want to sign the guy who is happy to play cheap for a year. A good number 4 D or second line winger can cost more in Montreal than it does elsewhere though, so you have to factor that in.

I was referring to the toughness argument in general, not Prust. He is not the best fighter, anyways. I think there is more to the North American hockey philosophy than just a myth. And maybe the only reason for that is that the NHL is the North American version of the game, and teams with a physical edge seem to get away with a lot. Not always, it depends on the refs, but I think a lot of teams benefitted from having guys who play that kind of game. (The Ducks, the Hawks, the B's and the Kings) I think its not just the fact that this league accepts more physicality but that there tend to be some strange idiosyncracies in NHL reffing. One thing you notice a lot, is the refs tend to bow to pressure sometimes to make even up calls. Or sometimes they do not like to call too many penalties against one team. And after a while the team with the physical edge starts getting away with more stuff. And then there is the whole --- "it's the third period, let them play philosophy".

The game has changed a lot too, though. It's not the 80s anymore, and I certainly would not want a guy like Laraques.

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