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Brandon Prust to Montreal [4 years, $10M]
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02-19-2013, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by
Gert B Frobe
The lesson is - Brandon Prust is playing very well now. Once he starts playing like Brandon Prust again (and he most certainly will) this deal will look bad. And I really like Prust - always wanted the Flyers to grab him from Calgary. He's a 1.5 million dollar player and that's generous. But he got 2.5 and good for him - solid guy, not dirty, backs up his teammates and chips in here and there.
He's not skilled enough to be an offensive regular, but he has the "sense" to put himself into excellent position to get feeds from Galchenyuk, an abilitysomething most typical 4th liners cannot claim to have.
He's one of our more defensively sound forwards. Just when the opponent seems to be loading up for an extended time in our zone, the puck winds up on Prust's stick and it soon exists the zone.
He's also an agitator. He knows how to draw penalties and get under people's skin without costing his team.
He can kill penalties.
He's a willing fighter who can hold his own.
We've had players in Montreal that were one of these things, but not everything in one package. Tom Pyatt could kill penalties and be defensively responsible, but he was small. Maxim Lapierre could agitate, kill penalties, and win faceoffs, but he didn't fight much here and he's not as good as Prust defensively or offensively.
We tried Travis Moen with skill players in the past to add "size" to a scoring line; ok for defense, didn't get any offense. Prust has better hands than Moen, for sure, and Moen is a defensively capable forward in his own right.
And he's still cheaper than Joel Ward.
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