Brandon Prust and Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette won’t have NHL contracts heading into the preseason, but they’ll have the opportunity to prove their worth in training camp.
Prust has signed a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Bissonette has reportedly signed a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings.
Last season was a difficult one for Prust. He was traded from Montreal to Vancouver during the summer and he had a hard time latching on with his new team.
The 32-year-old suffered an ankle injury in late October and the injury lingered throughout the rest of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if a summer of rehab did the trick.
The Canucks placed Prust on waivers in February. When no team claimed him, Vancouver sent him to the minors.
Of course, the Leafs are always in search of toughness so bringing Prust in makes sense.
As for Bissonnette, he’ll attempt to make a return to the NHL after spending the last two seasons in the AHL.
The 31-year-old attended Los Angeles Kings training camp last fall, but was cut in late September. Bissonnette then joined the Ontario Reign, where he scored two goals and three points in 35 games in 2015-16.
So, BizNasty will get another shot and he didn’t even need Evgeni Malkin’s help to get it.