The Rangers got Prust in a deal with the Calgary Flames that was mostly a salary dump, and Olli Jokinen was the main piece coming to Broadway. However, Prust was one of the few energized Rangers down the stretch while Jokinen merely phoned it in. Resigning Prust was a no-brainer after the stretch run.
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 three game-winning goals.
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 (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.
The Rangers now have about $5.72 left under the cap, with a few restricted free agents left to sign, including young defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi .