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 (one year, $1.5 million) to add "more team toughness," according to Prust, who noted that the Habs had elements of toughness already in place in the persons of Travis Moen and Ryan White. Montreal announced Friday that Moen had agreed to a four-year deal worth $7.4 million.
"They have been," Prust acknowledged about the perception the Canadiens were easy to push around. "Definitely took a step in the right direction.
"[They were] lacking something like me."
Prust had played the past 2 1/2 seasons with the New York Rangers and became a fan favorite for his rambunctious style.
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