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Rangers, Prust agree to terms on deal

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brandon Prust on a new contract.

Prust, 26, skated in 69 games with the Rangers and Calgary Flames last season, registering five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 163 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. He established career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating and penalty minutes.  He also notched a career-high, three game-winning goals.

Known throughout the NHL for toughness, winger Brandon Prust showed a scoring touch after coming to the Rangers last season. He had goals in three straight April games during the push for the playoffs.
Prust made his Rangers debut on February 2 at Los Angeles after being acquired from Calgary along with Olli Jokinen, in exchange for Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik, earlier that day.  He finished the season with 25 fighting majors, ranking third in the league and ninth in penalty minutes.

He tallied a career-high, five-game point streak from April 2 at Tampa Bay to April 9 vs. Philadelphia (three goals and two assists), including the game-winning goal in back-to-back contests on April 2 at Tampa Bay and April 3 at Florida.  Prust recorded four points (three goals and one assist) on the Rangers season-high, six-game road trip from March 25 at New Jersey to April 6 at Buffalo.

He notched his first goal as a Ranger while skating in his 100th career NHL game on March 10 at New Jersey, and recorded his first point as a Blueshirt with an assist on February 6 vs. New Jersey.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Prust led Calgary with 98 penalty minutes and ranked second on the Flames with a plus-six rating at the time of his trade.

The 5-11, 195-pounder has appeared in 115 career NHL games with the Rangers, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes, registering six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, along with 296 penalty minutes.

In 2008-09, Prust began the season with Calgary before being traded to Phoenix along with Matthew Lombardi and a first round pick, in exchange for Olli Jokinen on March 9, 2009.  He was dealt back to Calgary, in exchange for Jim Vandermeer on June 27.

Prust made his NHL debut on November 1, 2006 at Detroit, as a member of the Flames, and he tallied his first career point with an assist on October 11, 2008 vs. Vancouver.  His first goal was the game-winner in a 4-1 win at Phoenix on October 25, 2008.

Prior to turning professional, Prust captured the 2005 CHL Memorial Cup as a member of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

The London, Ontario native was originally selected as Calgary's third round draft choice, 70th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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