The Montreal Canadiens have made one of the most eye-bulging moves of this young free agency period, signing New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust to a four-year, $10 million deal.
It’s an absolutely massive deal for Prust, who made $1 and $1.6 million on his last two contracts. The 28-year-old is coming off 5G-12A-17PTS in 2011-12, down from a stellar 2010-11 campaign that saw him register career highs in goals (13), assists (16), points (29) and average time on ice (13:49).
Habs GM Marc Bergevin might get lambasted for shelling $10 million for a guy with 24 career goals, but the signing does fit with his obvious goal over the last week — make the Canadiens tougher.
Bergevin re-signed Ryan White, Travis Moen, agreed to terms with Colby Armstrong and inked Prust, who has fought 38 times over the last two seasons.
Prust tied Boston’s Shawn Thornton with the most fighting majors (20) in the NHL last year.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger