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02-20-2013, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ImIdaho View Post
Didn't he also leave because his girlfriend lives up in Montreal?

I think the Rangers could have offered him $3 million and he still would have left to Montreal.
According to an article, the Predators and Flames offered Prust more money after taxes than what the Canadiens offered at $2.5M per season but Therrien and Scott Mellanby went right to his parents house where he was staying at the opening day of free agency to give him a #8 Prust sweater and say they needed him in Montreal.

Therrien told him that he envisioned him on the third line, sometimes the top six if needed due to injuries and he could see him earning PP time (he has played 8:38 of PP so no, we don't play him regularly there).

Basically, Montreal went the extra mile. It was a big commitment by the Canadiens to take a $2.5M hit on the cap but Prust didn't go for the most money. He went for the team that wanted him the most.

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