Rangers Signed Brandon Prust. That Leaves One Forward Spot Open!

Mr. ControversyCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 11:  Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 11, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Rangers 2-1 after a shootout. The victory clinched a playoff berth for Philadelphia.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers signed Brandon Prust today to a two-year deal for $1.6 million. Prust, who quickly became a fan favorite in New York, will be looking to reconnect with Artem Anisimov after last year's great performance.

I really like this kid. He skates really well, and he has pretty quick hands and decent puck control. He attacks the net, and as he showed last year, he has what it takes to score some nice goals. He brings toughness, and Brandon can easily play on any line. I personally am pleased to see him return.

But we have a problem. As of right now there is only one spot left for a forward. With the recent signings of Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Derek Boogaard, and Brandon Prust, the younger players will be fighting for one spot. There is something wrong with this picture.

At present time the Rangers have Chris Drury, Sean Avery, Brian Boyle, Artem Anisimov, Marion Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, and Brandon Dubinsky. That is eleven forwards! I do not see how this Ranger team is looking to use their younger players or promote within the organization when they almost have a full roster already.

I do believe that all these players have a one-way contract with the exception of Artem Anisimov. Prust might have a two-way contract as well, but I am not sure. I could not find a link that broke down their contracts. If anyone knows where one is please let me know.

So what happened to "We are looking to promote within"? What happened to, "We are looking to give these youngsters a chance"? It looks like that all got thrown out the window now. John Tortorella does not like to carry additional players, so I guess these kids will be fighting for one spot. This is no way to start a rebuilding process.

The problem we face is that we really do not know what is going through Sather’s mind. Is he looking to send players down? Will Tortorella finally be the coach he was hired to be? Which means yes, he has to carry additional players and teach them, coach them. It's all up in the air now, because Sather himself said he is looking to promote from with in.

There is a rumor that New York is looking to sign Alex Frolov. Well, if this happens then where is that slot for the youngsters? Something will be happening come game day that might surprise us all. Some demoting maybe. I for one hope so!

As far as I am concerned, Drury can get sent down to Hartford along with Sean Avery, who has not played like the Avery we all grown to love or hate. Out of 82 games, I believe the old Avery showed up for three games. He is getting around $1.5 million a year. Brian Boyle on the other hand was not a factor last year as well. He has not been the physical player Tortorella said he would be. But you would think Tortorella would have the 6'7" center playing along side 6’7" Boogaard. If Boyle will turn it up physically then I say OK keep him on the roster, if not I say send him down.

If the Rangers sent those three players down, they would have four slots open for the youngsters. I do not see that happening at all. But I can hope, can’t I?

As for the defense, Staal is still not signed, and I say good riddance to him. He in no way played so superbly last year that he should get any more then what the Rangers afford him. In fact for most of the year his defense was lacking. He made costly mistakes and cost the Rangers several games.

However, the Rangers did this to themselves by signing old, good-for-nothing players like Redden to $6 million a year plus, Chris Drury’s $7 million a year, and Michal Rozsival's $4 million a year. Now they have a promising young player going into his fourth year, and he is looking to get paid.

Dan Girardi is still not signed, and I hope they will not resign him. I believe they have better in Hartford, and Girardi was a total waste last year. It is time to cut ties with him and leave it at that.



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