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Sather on re-signing Prust: “I’m not married to him”

Jun 23, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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Brandon Prust was a guy the New York Rangers seemed to rally around this past season. He would drop the gloves with opponents, he played tough on the penalty kill, and was an all-around solid teammate. That doesn’t mean a whole lot to Rangers GM Glen Sather when it comes to negotiating a new contract.

Sather tells Larry Brooks of the New York Post that while he likes Prust, he’s not exactly enamored with him.

“I don’t think we’re going to get that one done,” said the GM, whose club selected defenseman Brady Skjei from the USA-Under 18 Development Team with the 28th overall pick in the draft. “I like him, the team likes him, everybody likes him … but I’m not married to him.”

Breaking up is hard to do.

Prust is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he showed he’s got skills other than just getting in scraps. In 2010-11 he had 13 goals, five shorthanded and this past season he tallied five goals, two of them while killing penalties. Someone will be hot after him come July 1, but it won’t be the Rangers.

To add to the hurt feelings, Prust tweets that he’s pretty sad himself.


  1. prustytrombone - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    your hard work was appreciated by the fans Prust, would like to have you back but good luck wherever you end up dude.

  2. jeffk143 - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    The team is run by a bunch of clowns, hence the 1 cup since 1941. Passing on Matteau for Skjei, an elite skater who is soft, is pathetic, and a championship organization that wins cups like the devils get him instead. If they let prust go, which seems inevitable, and sign Konopka, this team will be cursed another 54 years.

  3. elvispocomo - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I assume Sather heard from Prust’s agent and heard how much he wanted. He could be just letting an asset go, but there is probably a reason for it.

  4. stakex - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Prust is a really solid 4th line player, and it will be sad to see him go. With that said, his role is fairly small and him not being re-signed won’t hurt the Rangers at all.

  5. kcredneck - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Sather you dipstick, the guy played hard every shift and you make such a BS comment, the RANGERS ARENT MARRIED to you either numbnuts!

  6. kcredneck - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    One more comment, Id rather have a guy that plays every shift than a part timer like Gaborik may i add also a sissy.

  7. donjean - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    You’ll be sorely missed if you leave

  8. nklimet1 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Prust will be greatly missed. He fits Rangers style hockey so what will become of the physicality if we lose him. We lost him briefly during the playoffs and we saw how well that turned out for us.

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