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Montreal spends large for Prust — four years, $10 million

Jul 1, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

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There’s a reason it’s called the silly season.

The Montreal Canadiens have made one of the most eye-bulging moves of this young free agency period, signing New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust to a four-year, $10 million deal.

It’s an absolutely massive deal for Prust, who made $1 and $1.6 million on his last two contracts. The 28-year-old is coming off 5G-12A-17PTS in 2011-12, down from a stellar 2010-11 campaign that saw him register career highs in goals (13), assists (16), points (29) and average time on ice (13:49).

Habs GM Marc Bergevin might get lambasted for shelling $10 million for a guy with 24 career goals, but the signing does fit with his obvious goal over the last week — make the Canadiens tougher.

Bergevin re-signed Ryan White, Travis Moen, agreed to terms with Colby Armstrong and inked Prust, who has fought 38 times over the last two seasons.

Prust tied Boston’s Shawn Thornton with the most fighting majors (20) in the NHL last year.

  1. danphipps01 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Honeymoon’s over, Montreal. Get ready for another year of absolute hilarity.

    Well, the rest of us will get ready for another year of absolute hilarity, anyway. It can be hard to appreciate the humour when you’re the source of it sometimes.

  2. kingfooj - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    might be overpaid a bit but prust brings heart and grit. Cant deny that

  3. DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I loved having Prust in NY, but $2.5 mil/yr seems a little steep. $2 mil/yr would’ve worked. Don’t know what Sather was willing to spend. And by picking up Asham for only $1 mil/yr he figures that he saved money.

    I wish him well.

  4. thesableo - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I find both Prust and Armstrong incredibly annoying. So…mission accomplished?

    Honestly though, Prust has some serious cojones. You may hate playing against him, but you have to give him credit for that.

    • homelanddefense - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      yup, and I have to give Montreal credit for trying to add some grit to their team. But they completely overpaid, and for a “fighter” that hasnt had much luch fighting against the Bruins.

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    After Konopka, Prust was the #1 free agent at doing what he does. Habs overpaid a bit but if you need that type of player, you go out and get him.

  6. matthews4 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Both these guys play on the edge and are agitators. It will be almost comical to listen to HAB fans defend their antics this year. It just seems to me that all I heard for the last 2 years from HAB fans was how the NHL should suspend all the “Boston Goons”. I guarantee it will be all good now that they have sandpaper on their team. I know this because they already defend Punk Kid Subban and he is dirty as it gets. I guess they had to bring someone into save his bacon since Gill isn’t there anymore.

  7. uscthom78 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    He must be able to speak french Otherwise, they wouldn’t even have thought about signing him.

  8. istallion - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Good moves by Habs adding grit and body to their team, and not opening the bank to do it. Armstrong, Prust, and Frankie total 4.5 million for this coming season. Not bad at all. Now go trade for Marleau and we are set.

  9. brian32556 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Damn! Gunna miss Prust in NY. He gave us his all. And I hate Asham (and most Penguins). I guess I’m going to have to change.

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