I believe the statement was made last season...and it was the line on which Prucha spent some time last season. It wasn't motivational - it was a statement of fact as to where Prucha was playing. It wasn't a Muckler-like statement saying he's no more than a third liner...
I thought it was a comment Renney made sometime in training camp over the last few weeks.
I forgot to insert the word 'original'. I can't recall Renney's recent comments. If he did mention Prucha on a third line I find it interesting that through the first couple games he's been on the first and the second (his line was the top line in the last game).
Too bad most great players don't have his attitude... He'll always have the most heart on any team he will play for, simply because he has that drive to prove that his size shouldn't be a factor if he keeps scoring goals... There's a reason you never hear any of us Ranger fans complain about Prucha having a bad game (and we do like to point those out)
We are beginning to see why this guy scored 30 goals in 68 games and that he's no fluke.
It's all about staying healthy for Prucha. If he can play a whole season he'll have a solid chance at 40+ goals this year. 50 goals as a 2nd liner & 2nd year player would be a little too much to hope for.