All right, I know that Brandon Prust's salary demand might have been too high to fit into the team's payroll structure. But damn! I sure miss the guy. Excellent PK'er and grinder. A willingness to drop the gloves against almost anyone, if it would light a fire under the rest of the team's collective keister.
Who did we bring in this year to fill the void? Powe is a good PKer. Asham has grit and more than holds his own in fights. But nobody on the current roster has filled the role that Prust had in being the fiery emotional sparkplug that would get the Rangers to kick into overdrive whenever needed.
I'm not second-guessing Sather in letting Prust walk, as the team has to be careful in how available cap space is used. But I admit not realizing how much the Rangers would miss Prust this season. Montreal snagged him, and that move is paying dividends for them now.
Salary is pretty high, but I miss him here. He brought a lot to the team and really played his ass off every night. I honestly would almost say i would have paid him that salary just to keep him in our bottom 6.
While I truly did like Prust, I think that the team might be missing him, in terms of having what a team needs to succeed, less than some Rangers fans do.
Prust was at his best during the 2010-2011 season, IMO. He showed an amazing balance between enforcement and being a true scoring threat.
I liked Prust, and would love him back, but no way should Sather have even came close to matching the Habs offer. Instead of that, Sather did the right thing in this situation, and went for depth instead.
I'd rather have Halpern, Asham, and Pyatt, than only Prust.
If he was easy to replace we wouldn't be complaining about his departure in the first place. All things considered I think management did a pretty damn good job of filling his void on the cheap. Halpern, Asham, and Powe of course are not all individually on Prust's level but they cost us virtually nothing and have done a fantastic job doing the ugly things that Prust did.
Prust was a great servent of the organization and I'd love to have him back but we all know the situation. He got offered something by Montreal we were in no position to match. A nice player to have but ultimately a depth player. We're 7-2-1 in our last 10 games and clearly holding out okay. Let's move on already.
We miss Prust's character, but I thought his on-ice play was inconsistent last year. I recall being frustrated with him because too many of his passes resulted in turnovers, and I think he could have used a little more discretion in picking his fights. I appreciate his gutsy effort but he should not be fighting the likes of Sutton or Boulton.
Prust, somewhat similar to Boyle, played in a 3rd line role when he was better-suited as a 4th liner. He looked good in 2010-11 but was in over his head a bit last season. His toughness and work ethic are missed - the other elements of his game aren't.