Prust Emotional; Asham Wants a Cup

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. In the end, we weren’t really there. We weren’t close, Montreal showed just a lot more interest.

“I didn’t know,” Prust said of whether he’d re-sign with the Rangers. “After the season, I really wasn’t sure. I thought there was a high chance we would get a deal done. It just kind of changed in the last little while. I think I started to realize my time as a Ranger was done. It’s a crazy day, a lot of mixed emotions. I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m sad to leave a great organization and a great city.”

…it’s funny, while I’m sad to see Prust go, I really can’t get mad at anyone. Prust had to accept that ridiculous offer from the Canadians and the Rangers were smart not to overpay for someone who could be replaced. Sometimes things just don’t workout.

Aaron Asham was also talking after signing a two-year deal with the Rangers yesterday (Daily News)…

“I wanted to win a Cup. That’s my goal, and I thought the Rangers are one of the best teams out there in the East. They had a great year last year, and they have some great players over there. So I thought why not finish the Atlantic Division and sign with the Rangers.”

Asham will miss the first game of the season due to a his playoff suspension for cross checking the Flyers’ Schenn in the throat.

…it really is amazing that Asham has now played for every Atlantic Division team. You’d assume everyone in the Division would know what an idiot he is. Oh well. More puzzling than Donald Brashear signing.

In Zach Parise news, ESPN Insider reports that the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and Carolina Hurricanes have all made offers to the Devils captain, meaning that it looks like the Rangers are passing. The Devils are also said to still be in the mix.

…surprised that Rangers haven’t even submitted an offer. Guess they believed Parise when he said he wouldn’t sign with the Blueshirts.

…it’s too bad as I think he would have fit in well.

This post obviously wouldn’t be complete without a Rich Nash update as Larry Brooks at the New York Post notes that Glen Sather wants Nash and if Columbus GM Scott Howson can be realistic the deal will happen.

…no kidding. That’s some real great insight by Brooks right there.

…no way Howson is trading Nash without getting Stepan, McD or Kreider in return and Sather’s not willing to trade them. So why are the Rangers even mentioned as a possible destination? Ain’t happening folks.

Brooks has more on Nash here.

Darren Dreger at TSN adds that Carolina and Detroit are in a strong competition with the Rangers for Nash, but nothing is imminent.

And as we continue to discuss who the Rangers aren’t getting, make sure you cross off Alexander Radulov, who officially signd with CSKA of the KHL.

…not sure there was a free agent who would fit in less with Torts than Radulov.

Finally, if anyone cares, and I doubt you do, John Scott signed with the Buffalo Sabres.

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