April 28, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Brandon Prust (8) is escorted to the penalty box for boarding against the Washington Capitals during the second period in game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Prust Is Expendable

There’s been a lot of sadness in Ranger land since it’s been known that Brandon Prust is likely not going to re-sign. Prust was important to shaping the Rangers identity and the team wanted him back. I think Prust is being unreasonable and overvaluing himself which I understand completely. He wants a pay day and maybe he’ll get it. But he won’t get it from the Rangers.

There are plenty of people on free agency that can do what Prust does, and maybe chip in a few more goals than Prust, while being cheaper options.I don’t like losing Prust, but the Rangers can’t afford to overpay him. They need to spend their money wisely.

I understand why people are upset at Prust leaving, but people were also upset when Blair Betts, Jed Ortmeyer, and Fredrik Sjostrom didn’t come back to the Rangers. The bottom line is I don’t think the Rangers will suffer because of Prust. He was a good soldier and did everything he could for the team, but there are a lot of people like Brandon Prust out there.

There are a few guys out on the free agent market that I’m sure the Rangers have their eye on to possibly replace Prust.

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Tags: Blair Betts Brandon Prust Fredrik Sjostrom Jed Ortmeyer

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