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The Montreal Canadiens' signing of Brandon Prust was one of the biggest overpayments of the free-agency period. Prust is a good grinder/enforcer, but the Canadiens shelled out a lot of cash when it could have been spent elsewhere.
Prust was a gritty player for the New York Rangers and one of their top penalty killers, but $2.5 million a season is a lot for a grinder who won't put up 35 to 40 points a year.
Prust is going to flop in Montreal because he will be used on the third line and as an enforcer. He won't be utilized like he was with the Rangers under John Tortorella's system, and Montreal will regret this contract in due time.
Players like Prust are valuable, but the Canadiens already had a similar player in Travis Moen, so this move doesn't make much sense.