Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 6/23/12

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers fights with Andrew Peters #25 of the New Jersey Devils during their game on February 6, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Despite the 2012 NHL Entry Draft taking place in Pittsburgh as we speak, the major news in the land of the New York Rangers has revolved around gritty winger Brandon Prust - an unrestricted free agent come July 1. Prust is a heart and soul player that has been loved by the franchise and the fans since day one when he was acquired from the Calgary Flames three years ago. For that reason alone, there was very little doubt that he would re-up with the Blueshirts heading into the offseason, but by the looks of it, negotiations between the two sides have taken a turn from the worse. 

When asked about Prust prior to the first round of the draft on Friday night, Rangers GM Glen Sather told Larry Brooks of the NY Post, “I don’t think we’re going to get that one done.” 

Now, before everyone jumps on Glen Sather, you must first understand that Prust is seeking a contract that would pay him north of $2 million per year over the next three seasons, also according to The Post. Prust brings a lot to the team, but in the end, he is a fourth line player who had an ugly year offensively in 2011-12. To expect more than $1 million, let alone two, is completely absurd. 

And remember, the Rangers have top guys such as Dan Girardi, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist who all need to be re-signed in the coming years. Money needs to be placed in the bank for those guys instead of wasted on a replaceable fourth liner. 

Prust would also later send this tweet out:

I wish management wanted me back as much as the fans.. Thanks for the love everyone

— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 23, 2012

And I bet management wishes you weren't overpricing yourself and seeking ridiculous amounts of money. 

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