Unrestricted free agent forward Brandon Prust said he hopes to get another chance to play in the NHL.
Prust had one of the worst offensive seasons of his career and sustained an ankle injury that sidelined him for the final month of last season. He had seven points with the Vancouver Canucks, his fewest since 2008-09, and played 35 games, the fewest of his nine-season career.
"If I don't have a contract, I'll earn one," Prust said Monday in comments translated from TVA Sports. "My goal isn't to start in the [American Hockey League]. I would like to go to camp and just be able to prove I still belong."
Prust said he has recovered from the injury that ended last season.
"There is interest (from teams)," Prust said. "My health and ankle are a concern for many teams, but I [am] definitely exploring options."
Prust, 32, who is from London, Ontario and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 2012-15, said he would welcome a return to Montreal but is not limiting his options.
"Right now, I'd take a job anywhere," Prust said. "Everything depends on the team and if they see me in their plans, but [it's a long shot] I return to Montreal."
Prust had one goal and six assists in nine games with Utica of the American Hockey League after he was placed on waivers by the Canucks on Feb. 2. He later was removed from the roster and sent home to rehab his injury.
"I've been training now for about a month," Prust said. "I waited about a month after my surgery (May 13) but I'm back at it now. I started skating last week, so I'm back skating and it feels good."
Prust has 40 goals, 75 assists and 1,036 penalty minutes in 486 NHL regular-season games.