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Brandon Prust to Montreal [4 years, $10M]
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02-20-2013, 09:25 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
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.
It's par for the course though. You overpay for UFA's usually(except for reclamation projects) but if you are adding an element you need then it's worth it. Prust basically costs us 4 mil over 4 years to bring him in and help change the culture of the team on and off the ice.
Developing guys like Subban Diaz Emelin Markov Price Pacioretty White DD Galchenyuk Gallagher etc allows us to overpay for a player elswhere to fill a need as all those guys come at a reduced cap hit.
Same thing happened with Cole. If he was a Hab we would ahve probably been able to sign him for 3 years at 4 mil/year. We had to go to 4 years at 4.5 to bring him here as a UFA. Last year he produced like a 5.5-6 mil player so we actually came out well ahead. If he goes back to a 4 mil player people should still be ok(15-15-30 over 48 games). Right now he is on pace for 6-6-12 though.
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