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Wasn't sure what to expect on the first day of free agency, but in my opinion, it wasn't a good day for the Rangers.First, they lose Brandon Prust, as the former Rangers tough guy signed a 4-year, $10 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens....$2.5 million per?!?!?!?! That's almost as bad as trading Ryan McDonagh for Scott Gomez. Good for Prust to take advantage of a terrible organization and an even better job by the Rangers not overpaying....sad to see Prust go though. He will be sorely missed in the locker room.So how will the Rangers replace Prust? Apparently with Aaron Asham (2-years at $1 million per) and Mike Haley....i absolutely hate the Asham move. I thought the Rangers were all about character guys, not idiots who do this......having said that I am a fan of Haley, who I thought gave the Islanders a huge spark back in 2011 when he did this...Haley had 15g, 10 in 51 games for Bridgeport last year....i hope he beats out Asham for a spot on the fourth line......
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#NYR Rangers have signed former #Isles tough guy Micheal Haley to two-year deal
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) July 1, 2012
I really like Haley's toughness and swagger, as did Isles fans, but this signing begs the question: How many tough guys do the Rangers need on the roster? Rupp, Bickel, Asham and now Haley are all signed to contracts.
GM Glen Sather needs...
Well word has just come down that the New York Rangers have signed Aaron Asham to a two-year deal worth $2 million. Asham is a hated player who is going to stir things up on the ice. Now what’s interesting, is this the end of Brandon Prust’s time with the Rangers and it seems like it will be. [...]
Today on this not so gorgeous Saturday I battle what is either the start of a cold, or a hangover. But either way, here is today’s UFA of the Day. It addresses something I haven’t written about yet. Toughness. Here is Brandon Prust in today’s UFA of the Day.
Name: Brandon Prust
Size: 6’2″, 192 Lbs
Why the Canucks might want him: Toughness. If you want to beef up...
Well with the signing of Aaron Asham it made Prust expendable and he has found a new home with the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal signs him for 4 years/$10 million, which is ridiculous. Now to all the Rangers fans complaining that the Rangers signed Asham and they are letting Prust go, you need to shutup. Had the Rangers made this [...]
After signing a four-year, $10 million deal with the Montreal Canadians, Brandon Prust spoke with Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record about why he didn't re-sign with the Rangers..."I talked to Torts (coach John Tortorella) today. I didn't talk to Slats (GM Glen Sather) today, my agent was talking to them. I know we both like each other and both wanted me to come back...
Brandon Prust learned a universal truth about the business of professional sports.
It is a business.
"It was a sad, crazy, mixed-emotion day," Prust said in a conference call Sunday to announce his signing of a four-year, $10 million unrestricted free agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens signed Colby Armstrong (one year, $1 million) and Francis Bouillon...
Asham completes his tour of Atlantic Division, 2 yrs $1M per with Rangers.— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) July 1, 2012
Two reasons I'm not a big fan of this signing:
- It likely means Brandon Prust is officially not re-signing with the Rangers. They essentially fill the same roll in terms of being an enforcer, but Prust is cleaner, more respected and is more offensively capable...
Much noise was made yesterday when the Rangers went ahead and signed Arron Asham to a two year deal worth $1 million per season. At the time of the deal, Brandon Prust had not signed, but all had assumed that Prust would be signing elsewhere. About an hour later, Prust signed with the Montreal Canadiens with a whopping four year, $10 million contract.
For those keeping track, the...
via Spector’s Hockey, Various sources report the Montreal Canadiens have signed former Rangers forward Brandon Prust to a four-year, $10 million contract, or $2.5 million per season.
Entering the first day of free agency it was widely thought that the Rangers would seek to upgrade their offense and add a depth defender.
Instead, the Blueshirts added grit on July 1st while watching several of their own free agents depart for greener pastures.
Here’s what went down on Sunday.
Brandon Prust – It was disappointing to see the fan favorite go, but...
Pretty thrifty moves by Marc Bergevin and co. on the opening day of unrestricted free agency. Happy Canada day, by the way.
Happy pay-day to Brandon Prust, who squeezed a 4-year, $10, 000,000-deal out of a team that desperately needed a player like him. Canadiens fans should be happy with this one.
Snagging Colby Armstrong for one year, at $1, 000, 000... Who's going to...
As of noon today, free agents are officially allowed to shop their talents and sign with any team in the league. It’s always fun to watch where players wind up and for how much. In addition to live blogging all the fun starting a little bit before noon, we also did a BSB writer round table discussion on free agency and our predictions/hopes. By the end of the day, we will see who...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, It’s difficult to determine just who Sather might target over the next 48 hours. There is no credible right defenseman on the market to fill the second-pair hole on defense that remains wide open after University of Wisconsin free agent Justin Schultz’s decision yesterday to sign with the Oilers.
Rather than throw Monopoly money at marginal...
You guys really didn't think I'd miss out on July 1st now did you?Looks like first big free agency shoe will drop today as Bob McKenzie at TSN reported this last night...Free agent defenceman Justin Schultz will decide tomorrow where he's signing.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 2012
ESPN Insider notes that Schultz apparently wants to play north of the border...