Brandon Prust will return to MSG tonight for the first time since signing with a four-year contract worth $10 million on July 1.
When asked about Prust’s return, John Tortorella said yesterday “it’s just a guy in a Montreal uniform.”
After Prust signed with Montreal, Tortorella said “we will miss him. He is a glue guy and became a big part of the locker room. Everyone in the room liked him and he loved it here. You try and keep your teams together but it’s impossible. I think Pruster was trying to be fair, but god, he gets $10 million over $4 years and promised some things by their organization. I am leery of that, and I told him that.”
Ryan Callahan said of Prust, “he was a key part of our team. You could put him anywhere in the lineup. He is a big part of the identity that we created. It will be exciting to play him tomorrow and I expect him to be at his best.”
Derek Stepan fell in line with how Tortorella responded to a question about Prust, “you try not to focus on that, we want to continue to play the way we have been and keep the ball rolling and control the pace and keep the pace high.”
Brian Boyle told Ranger Rants, “Prusty obviously did some real good things for us. I have a lot of respect for him. He plays the game hard and honest. He definitely did some good things to help us win hockey games. Now, we’ve got new guys to help us win hockey games and they’re doing that.”
Brad Richards told the NY Post, “Prustie was a very important guy here. No disrespect meant, though, but life goes on.”
80% of readers said that they were happy the Rangers didn’t match the offer for Prust.
For Montreal this season, Prust is averaging 12:28, has two goals, two assists, 27 hits, 2:37 on the PK, five fighting majors and two 10 minute misconducts.
Prust told the Montreal Gazette that he is excited to play the Rangers and return to MSG today.