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Rangers Reach Impasse In Talks with Brandon Prust

Alex Silverberg
June 26, 2012


Beloved Rangers pugilist Brandon Prust is looking more and more likely to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Prust is asking for a significant raise from his $800K salary in 2012. His demands are close to $2.2 million a year for three years while Rangers GM Glen Sather has generously offered a deal at $1.8 million a year. On June 23rd, the left-winger tweeted, “I wish management wanted me back as much as the fans…Thanks for the love everyone.” I’d like to believe that this is Prust playing hardball but all indications are that he’s looking for a crazy payday.

Prust is an important player for the Rangers. He drops the gloves whenever asked, throws big hits and works very hard. He’s a sparkplug who gets the team going when they come out lethargic. And even though the team would suffer a huge loss of morale, energy and heart, he is not worth the money he is asking for.

Frankly, anything over $1.5 million a year is too much for Prust. After all, that’s what the Rangers paid for Mike Rupp, who might as well be a healthy scratch every night for the amount he produced this year. The Rangers can’t afford to give another third/fourth-liner that kind of money. There are better options out there for less money.

Zenon Konopka is also set to be a UFA. Konopka destroyed the Blueshirts in the faceoff circle in their first round matchup with Ottawa and was always seen around the net, agitating Henrik Lundqvist with screens and shenanigans. He and Chris Neil were a big part of the Senators taking the Rangers to seven games in that round. This fan wishes the Rangers could sign both but Neil rejected an offer from New York to stay in Ottawa a few years ago.

Another good sandpaper guy is Steve Ott. Rumor has it that he can be had from the Stars for the right price and Glen Sather should definitely give him a look. With 39 points and a bevy of penalty minutes, not to mention his spat with Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, he’d fit right in.

I love Brandon Prust. But I don’t love him enough to sabotage the potential signings of Zach Parise or Justin Schultz. Here’s to hoping he comes down on his demands and goes right back to being a fan favorite.

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